Earth Day 2020
Wednesday, April 22nd is Earth Day. The 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day observance.
I find trouble recalling what Earth Day commemorates during this time of social distancing and sheltering at home. COVID-19 takes up too much of my mental bandwidth. The Climate Crisis is lurking in the background. Waiting to reemerge when I resume my daily routines.
Earth Day’s focus has changed over the years, from the early focus of the environmental movement on preservation and conservation, to recent concern about the climate crisis and global sustainability.
The Earth Day website, earthday.org, lists their current mission:
To build the world’s largest environmental movement to drive transformative change for people and planet.
Earth Day Network’s mission is to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide. Growing out of the first Earth Day in 1970, Earth Day Network is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 75,000 partners in over 190 countries to drive positive action for our planet.
We are committed to mobilize the world to take on the most urgent challenges of our time — from climate change to deforestation to species extinction.
Together, we can build the world’s largest and most diverse mobilization for the future of our planet.
Tomorrow, I plan on taking a break during my day at home to go to the earthday.org website. There I will find different actions that I can take each hour, things to learn, and, hopefully, inspiration.
- Randy Best