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Earth Day Network Kicks Off U.S. and Global Activities on Massive Scale for 45th Anniversary of Earth Day

 

Billions of Citizens Worldwide will Stand Up, Speak Up and Sign up to Take Action for Earth Day 

WASHINGTON, DC: Bringing the poverty, development, climate and sustainability communities together to build a broader and more inclusive global movement is the theme of this year’s Earth Day, says Kathleen Rogers, President and CEO of Earth Day Network (EDN), an international nonprofit organization that coordinates Earth Day actions globally and works year round on climate and environmental policy issues and civic engagement.

Under EDN’s leadership, Earth Day has grown from a single-day event to a year-round movement to promote sustainability. EDN also runs A Billion Acts of Green; the world’s largest environmental service and advocacy program. Momentum is growing with a goal to reach 1.5 Billion Acts of Green on Earth Day, April 22, and more than 2 Billion Acts of Green by the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, France at the end of 2015.

“Earth Day Network believes that this will be the most environmentally active and important year yet,” Rogers says. This year:

·       Two billion people across 192 countries will participate in Earth Day 2015, making it the largest civic observance in the world.

·       Hundreds of major cities around the world from Milan to Houston, Delhi to Des Moines, Rome to Seattle, Dallas to Dubai are organizing actions in their communities.

·       2,000 mayors are expected to participate in Town Hall meetings where local representatives will discuss sustainability issues and solutions with their communities.

·       Global religious leaders will reinforce the spiritual imperative of protecting the Earth.

·       Hundreds of thousands of schools worldwide will participate in Climate Education Week – an educational program empowering today’s students to become tomorrow’s climate literate, green economy leaders.

On the National Mall in Washington DC on April 18, 2015, Earth Day Network will partner with the Global Poverty Project to present “Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day,” a large-scale public event that for the first time joins the climate movement with movement to end extreme poverty.

April 22 also kicks off the countdown to 2020 and the 50th anniversary of Earth Day that marks the date by which cities, local governments, countries and corporations have committed to achieving significant progress on reducing the impacts of climate change.

“Where does the world want to be on Earth Day’s 50th anniversary?” This is the question we cannot leave to governments alone,” Rogers says. “This is our call to action. It’s our time to lead.”

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Leadership Guide to Earth Day

Make a Difference. Be the Difference

The decisions we make influences every aspect of our world. This Earth Day, be a part of the movement to make our world leaders listen as we rally for the biggest threat to us all: climate change. Stop thinking about getting involved and be proactive by planning an event for Earth Day 2015!

Get excited! Only a few weeks away from celebrating Earth Day 2015 and here’s your Leadership Guide.  We’ve spent the time putting together ideas, community activities, and event guidelines so you can get right to work planning for a memorable event.

Find something that works for you and your community. Every green act is one more step towards a more sustainable world, so remember that every activity and event that you create contributes to the Earth Day Network’s Billion Acts of Green global initiative! We need your help in reaching 1.5 billion acts by Earth Day. Once you figure out your plan, let us know and we’ll help you spread the word. The bigger the story we can tell on Earth Day this year, the larger impact we will have to climate change conferences in Paris, 2020, and beyond.

Our Leadership Guide is just the start. Next up is your Faith-based Toolkit, University Toolkit, Climate Education Toolkit and Global Day of Conversation Toolkit.

In just 45 years, Earth Day Network has accumulated over one billion people in 192 countries to come together to help protect our natural world and now It’s Our Turn to Lead.

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