It’s the 50th anniversary of Earth Day this week, and all over the world the climate community is coming together virtually around the importance of creating a safe and sustainable future for everyone. There are lots of ways to get involved while #StayingHome—so many, in fact, that we’ve made an Earth Week Bingo card to help you keep track!
The centerpiece of the week will be Earth Day Live, an all-day stream put on by the Earth Day Network on April 22 featuring messages, performances and calls to action from #Youth4Climate activists like Licypriya Kangujam, political figures like John Kerry and Al Gore, musicians like Nahko, and celebrity climate advocates like Zac Efron. Sign up now to get email updates as Earth Day draws closer!
On Wednesday, we’ll also be rolling out a special #C4CLive interview on Instagram with a representative from the Mama Initiative, a group of young musicians who promote solidarity and #ClimateAction through beautiful original music and covers. Stay tuned throughout the week for our series of “Earth Day 2020 in :20” videos, in which climate advocates have 20 seconds to describe what their Earth Day action is. We invite you to share your own Earth Day actions—just remember that you only have 20 seconds to tell us about them! When you post your video, be sure to tag @Connect4Climate and #EarthRise.
Even beyond the video content, we’ll have plenty to keep you engaged and entertained this Earth Week! Our #SustainabilityHacks #AtHome series offers tips on staying sustainable amid COVID quarantine measures, while the Earth Rise Collective Poem challenge asks our global community to contribute their vision for our planet’s recovery by telling us what #EarthRise means to each of them. In our #ClimateQuiz series, we just launched our first C4C crossword puzzle and we’ll be ending this week with a set of Earth Week-inspired emoji puzzles.
Many of our partners have big plans of their own, including Fashion Revolution Week (all week), Fashinnovation (Apr. 20-21), We Don’t Have Time (Apr. 20-25), Stand Up for Climate Comedy Night (Apr. 22), Greta Thunberg’s Talks for Future (Apr. 24), the UNDP’s Mission 1.5 (all week), and our aforementioned friends at the Mama Initiative (all week). You can also become a citizen scientist by downloading the Earth Challenge 2020 app and inputting data about the air quality and plastic pollution in your community.
All of these activities represent a tiny fraction of the climate engagement you can expect to see across every corner of the internet this week. We encourage you to add your perspectives and ideas to the conversation, and above all to have a safe, sustainable, and inspirational Earth Week.