The 50th anniversary of Earth Day is just under two weeks away! The US Youth Strike Coalition who planned the September 20-27 Global Climate Strikes had planned a three day worldwide action — the biggest mass mobilization ever — on April 22, the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.
In response to the global health crisis, the action has moved online… #EarthDayLive will be a 72-hour live stream mobilization featuring training sessions, speakers, performances, and appearances by celebrities, politicians, scientists, and youth activists engaging people across the world in collective action to protect their climate and their communities. Sign up HERE to get a full schedule of events once it is announced and help spread the word!
The coronavirus has laid bare the brutality and injustice of our current system. In addition to health and safety fears, millions of people have lost their jobs. We’re leaning into healing and togetherness to provide comfort and inspiration during this time of anxiety and the unknown. All three days will center the stories and voices of frontline, Indigenous, and POC leaders.
Here’s an overview of what’s happening each day:
|April 22 — STRIKE: The 50th anniversary of Earth Day is about demonstrating collective power in the face of today’s multiple crises. There will be performances, conversations, trainings, and more.|
April 23 — DIVEST: The world’s largest banks have pumped $1.9 trillion into fossil fuels since the 2015 Paris Agreement. We can’t let fossil fuel companies use the pandemic to loot trillions more when people need relief so desperately. Led by the Stop the Money Pipeline Coalition, April 23rd focuses on the role of money in driving the climate crisis.
April 24 — VOTE: We need leaders who will address the existential threat of climate change, and for this to happen, we need people to show up at the polls. Led by the US Youth Strike Coalition, April 24th will focus on voter registration and feature a digital, relational voter registration challenge to see which region of the country can register the most voters.
|Save Our Shores is supporting #EarthDayLive along with over 400 organizations. Earth Day Live is a youth-led movement for climate action and justice built around collaboration that is intergenerational and intersectional. The revolution will not be televised, but it will be online!|