It might seem like it was only yesterday that we were first hearing about this thing called Earth Day but, believe it of not, later this month, this unofficial holiday will be celebrating its 50th anniversary; and it’s gonna happen in a big way. A star studded, three-day live stream has just been announced.
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A youth activist group organized the event. The lineup will include Joaquin Phoenix, Moby, Patricia Arquette, Jane Fonda, Roby Romero, Al Gore and Stacey Abrams. These guests will be partaking in live discussions with scientists and journalists emphasizing the earth’s current crisis.
There will also be musical performances by Jason Mraz, Angelique Kidjo, Emily Wells, Aimee Mann, Ted Leo, Jack Johnson, Quest Love, Talib Kweli, Beverly Bond, Madame Gandi, Soul Clap and more.
The broadcast will offer feature segments on global communities on the front lines dealing with the crisis. Actor Luke Baines and journalist Sharon Carpenter will host these segments. They will be speaking with New York Magazine deputy editor and Uninhabitable Earth author Davide Wells Wallace and climate psychologist Margaret Klein Salamon.
The event will be streaming live from 9 AM to 9 PM on April 22, 23 and 24 on the Earth Day Live web site. It will also be accessible on social media channels such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Twitch.
The organizers released the following statement about the event. “In the midst of a global pandemic, Earth Day Live aims to spur collective action to protect our communities and our planet, through performances, conversations, and training sessions curated by climate activists.”
Earth Day was first celebrated on April 20, 1970. 20 million Americans took part in response to a growing concern about pollution and how it was affecting the environment. As a result, then president Richard Nixon passed the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act all in attempt to save the earth.
Though these were helpful measures, the earth continues to experience the affects of pollution, which could eventually make the planet unlivable. Earth Day provides a way to raise awareness so citizens can pause and reflect on what they can do to make a change.
The three day live stream will be just one of the many events held to mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Although the pandemic means most events will be held online, those interested in taking part should feel encouraged to search the internet to find out about the various webinars and virtual happenings that will be taking place. Many churches will be ringing their bells at noon to further commemorate the day.
How will you be taking part in this important event?