Beginning in the United States on the 22nd April 1970, the action taken on the very first Earth Day led to the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts in the United States and many other countries soon followed suit.
50 years on, Earth Day has transformed into a global, modern environmental movement. The aim of Earth Day is to educate the masses on our current climate situation, and how each and every one of us can contribute towards the global fight for our planet’s health and future, every day.
Typically Earth Day has been celebrated through protests, fundraising runs and live events bringing people together, however as we make a mass shift to the online world to accommodate vital social distancing regulations – the show goes on, digitally!
Below are a few online spaces to check out and follow (links included in text!) to further educate yourself on the latest climate change reporting, and how you can get involved in climate and sustainability action:
· TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design): TED is now recognised and followed globally for its brilliant TedTalks, which include many informative and insightful short discussions concerning the climate conversation.
· We Don’t Have Time: For the third year running, wedonthavetime.org bring you a ‘public, free, online, no-fly climate conference’ – celebrating Earth Day’s 50th anniversary from the 20th to 25th April, they’ll be holding a series of free live talks and daily shows on the climate crisis. You can register your email to receive updates on the upcoming programs.
· Climate Cast: NPR have a weekly podcast hosted by meteorologist Paul Huttner exploring the latest climate research, on Climate Cast.
· Climate One: The weekly Climate One podcast brings together the ‘top thinkers and doers from business, government, academia and advocacy groups’ to delve into the future of sustainable and clean energy.
· Guardian’s Green Light: You can sign up for The Guardian’s weekly environmental update Green Light, which is now published as a free email newsletter.
· NYT’s Climate Fwd: ‘What on earth is going on?’ The New York Times attempts to answer this with their newsletter, Climate Fwd – subscribe to receive the latest news on climate change and tips on how you can help in your inbox weekly.
Some Recommended Reading
· The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells
· On Fire: The Burning Case for a Green New Deal by Naomi Klein
· This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate by Naomi Klein
· No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg
· There Is No Planet B by Mike Berners-Lee
Whilst the bulk of CO2 emissions sit with large corporations and not the individual, it’s never a bad thing to incorporate more environmentally friendly habits to our lives!
· Friends of the Earth have a list of actions you could take to lessen your carbon footprint here.
· The Guardian have a similar list here.
· So does The HuffPost.
· The Independent offers regular reporting by journalists pledging to be greener here.
Organisations to Follow
· NASA: NASA are reaching out to young people and their mentors with their Earth Day Toolkit.
· WWF: “No matter what we’re passionate about, something we care about will be affected by climate change.” The WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) regularly update their website with news of the impact of climate change on nature, wildlife, the ocean and much more.
· The Climate Reality Project: Dedicated to making urgent action a necessity, The Climate Reality Project empowers everyone to become a climate activist with the right tools, training and education to bring about change planet wide.