Celebrate Earth Day 2020

Today, April 22nd, is the 50th anniversary of the first ever Earth Day, back in 1970. The theme for 2020 is Climate Action and a host of famous names  – from the Pope to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and musician Ziggy Marley – have recorded personal video messages for the event.

People across the world are being urged to take part in online activities to celebrate the day and pull together to fight climate change, which Earth Day believes is the biggest challenge to humanity that we have seen. The fact that we are in the midst of a pandemic that may have been caused by man’s ever-increasing encroachment into nature really brings that message home this year.

But Earth Day is a celebration of the Earth and chance to learn about the world we live in. One of the main features this year, which is seeing millions of children kept away from school due to the Coronavirus pandemic, is the World’s Largest Lesson, a partnership with Unicef, that aims to introduce the United Nations’  Sustainable Development Goals to children and young people throughout the world. There is a huge range of materials available including – under the 12th Goal of Responsible Consumption and Production – five modules on the Circular Economy. These have been produced by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, which exists to accelerate the transition to a circular economy.

The five lessons move from Challenging Common Conceptions in Lesson One to The Circular Economy and Modern Agriculture in Lesson 5.

Visit Earth Day to be part of a huge global event — the digital landscape is being flooded with livestreamed discussions, a global digital surge, and 24 hours of actions that you can take, right now and from wherever you are in the world, which for most this year will be our own homes.

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