The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970, with the goal of raising awareness about mankind’s role in protecting our natural world. On this date, 20 million people ventured outdoors and protested in favour of a more eco-conscious society to make it the largest people's protest in the history of the world. This year marks Earth Day’s 50th anniversary and this movement is as relevant and prevalent as, if not more than, ever. As the world’s largest and most diverse mobilization for the future of our planet, join in and take action this April 22 to contribute to the more than 2 billion Acts of Green taken so far.
What can I do?
There is no restriction to what you can do for Earth Day, but we’ll give you some ideas to get started:
- Join the Earth Day Daily Challenge, a 22-day series that connects us through challenges to take action right now, and every day, for our planet (yes, even in isolation!). From composting to reading the science to getting creative, check out the challenges here to join in.
- Be a citizen scientist by contributing to global data on a range of environmental research areas by downloading the Earth Challenge app and submitting data on plastic pollution and air quality where you live.
- Sign up to be an Artist for the Earth. Whether you write a song, host a virtual DIY workshop, or create with your family an Earth Day poster to proudly display in your window, art is accessible to all and has the power to reach people personally. What will you create?
- Join a virtual Earth Day event. There are over 500 digital Earth Day events happening on Wednesday so they sure will be one for you. Check out the calendar to find a few that spark your inspiration, and be part of the action.
“Earth Day should not be seen as a deadline but rather a spark that inspires future action.”
Sustainability is a long-term, global movement. We hope Earth Day 2020 can empower and inspire you - let us know what your Earth Day actions are by tweeting us at @Sustainable_BU!