What the Heck is Earth Day?!

Apr 17,
By Rose
Sub-Categorized in: Community

Of course I’ve heard of Earth Day, who hasn’t?! But what is it and how can we get involved? Here are my Cliff’s Notes on this awesome global celebration of our planet.

  • Earth Day happens every year on April 22
  • April 22, 2015 is the 45th anniversary of the celebration that started in 1970
  • The whole Earth Day thing started with an idea proposed by John McConnell, a cool dude with a stacked resume who had the ear of the United Nations, to create a day “to celebrate Earth’s life and beauty and to alert earthlings to the need for preserving and renewing the threatened ecological balances upon which all life on Earth depends.”
  • The Earth Day Network coordinates global events in 192 countries
  • 2015 might be the most exciting year in environmental history – read more on why

The Earth Day Network works to promote activism, raise awareness, and generate solutions at a local level through coordinated global programs. Their programs and campaigns range from climate concerns to protecting endangered and exploited animals. For Earth Day 2015 they have their targets laser focused on sustainable development and “time for a treaty.”

Which treaty? Remember hearing some buzz about the United Nation’s Global Climate Treaty…or something about the climate…well, it’s kind of a big deal and there is a big conference in Paris this December (2015) to finally (20 years later) come to a legally binding global agreement on climate.

To bring awareness to this pivotal moment in our global future, Global Poverty Project via their Global Citizen initiative is partnering with the Earth Day Network for Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day the to unite and mobilize people around the key issues of climate change and extreme poverty.

If you can’t make it to the (completely free) event at the Washington Monument Grounds this Saturday, don’t worry the entire thing will be live-streaming on the Global Citizen YouTube channel beginning April 18 at 11:45 a.m. ET and running until 7:30 p.m. ET – then available for the next 72 hours on-demand.

I’ll be heading to Union Square on Sunday, April 19th for the NYC celebration. You can check your local paper or do a quick online search to see what’s going on in your neighborhood. And if you already have plans, head over to the Take Action section of Earth Day Network’s site and get involved without leaving your couch.

Cover photo: official Earth Day flag by John McConnell (flag designer) featuring NASA (Earth photograph)