Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Earth Day 2020 Goes Virtual for 50th Anniversary

Entering Balboa Park For Earth Day 2019
This week marks the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, and there are small and massive virtual celebrations and opportunities for activism this year. I shared a couple of these links earlier this week, but found a few more that are worthy of your time (and to be shared with kids who apparently aren't challenged enough by at-home schooling at the moment *cough cough*) Please send me any I may have missed!
See details on Earth Day Live after the jump. 

(From Sierra Club)

This 50th anniversary of Earth Day marks a turning point. We can continue with business as usual, or we can join together to rebuild our economy to protect everyday working people from the COVID-19 crisis and the coming climate emergency. As Congress discusses future relief and response plans to COVID-19, we join the calls for a People's Bailout -- a platform that would give relief to people and communities, instead of a blank check to corporate polluters, who perpetuate income inequality and climate change.

For Earth Day Live, we'll demand that Congress and major corporations put forward bold policies that will create a stronger democracy and chart a path to a more equitable, clean energy economy that can help lead us out of this crisis. Join the call to take action and make your voice heard in real time with thousands of other participants. Together our voices are powerful.

Each of the three days has a focus:
  • Day 1 - April 22: We refuse to cooperate with business as usual where corporate power overshadows the health of our communities and our planet.
  • Day 2 - April 23: We call for a divestment from fossil fuels. The Stop The Money Pipeline coalition will lead us in calling out Wall Street and financial institutions for their fossil fuel profiteering that further fuels the climate crisis.
  • Day 3 - April 24: We commit to voting in November. We fight for a stronger democracy where everyone has access to the ballot box in order to elect people at all levels of government to lead us to a better future.
Earth Day Live will provide a platform that amplifies the voices and messages of local and frontline communities in the fight for a healthier and more livable future. We will be joined by musicians and celebrities, thought leaders and movement activists.

(From Strike With Us) 

Celebrities and Musicians Join EARTH DAY LIVE, Speaking and Performing in Youth-Led Climate Effort to Spur Climate Action 
Lineup Includes Joaquin Phoenix, Rev. William J. Barber II, Patricia Arquette, Stacey Abrams, Al Gore, Jane Fonda, Bill McKibben, Jason Mraz and More--

Starting on April 22nd, the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, celebrities will join activists, politicians, and artists for Earth Day Live, a three-day live stream and online mobilization led by youth climate leaders.

Earth Day Live will include performances and appearances from entertainers across music, TV, and film. There will be DJ sets each evening to help build community and grow the climate movement.

The program includes unique celebrity-activist exchanges, including a segment with communities on the frontlines of the climate crisis, hosted by actor Luke Baines and journalist Sharon Carpenter and a discussion about climate grief with New York Magazine Deputy Editor and “The Uninhabitable Earth” author David Wallace Wells and climate psychologist Margaret Klein Salamon. 

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 Live will be live from 9a-9p ET on April 22, 23, and 24th on www.earthdaylive2020.org and accessible to watch on platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Twitch.

Scheduled programming in the live stream will include:
  • Joaquin Phoenix in conversation with Moby, Dr. Sweta Chakraborty, and Dr. Michael Greger about the links between COVID-19 & Climate Emergency
  • Patricia Arquette in conversation with musician and advocate Robby Romero
  • Conversations and panel discussions with Rev. William J. Barber II, Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, Bill McKibben, Mustafa Santiago Ali, David Wallace-Wells and Margaret Klein Salamon
  • Climate activist interviews with Jane Fonda
  • Musical performances by Jason Mraz, Angélique Kidjo, Emily Wells, Aimee Man & Ted Leo, Nahko The Bear, and more
  • Cooking demo with Alejandra Schrader and Dominique Crenn
  • DJ sets with: Questlove, Talib Kweli, Beverly Bond, Madame Gandhi, and Soul Clap
  • Talks on democracy with Erica Chenoweth and Eric Liu
Scheduled cameos will include:

Al Gore
John Kerry
Dave Burd aka lil Dicky
Angela Rye
Patrisse Cullors
Alex MacNicoll
Alyssa Milano
Amber Valletta
Ilyasah Shabazz
Lisa Edelstein
Matt McGorry
Monica Dogra
Maimouna Youssef aka Mumu Fresh
Ndaba Mandela
Rosanna Arquette
Tim Heidecker 

The Youth Climate Strike Coalition is composed of the following organizations:

Divest Ed is a training and strategy hub working to resource, vitalize, and broaden the fossil fuel divestment movement one campus campaign at a time.

Earth Guardians is an organization that empowers young environmental and social leaders through education, tools, and resources, in order to become effective leaders in their communities.

Earth Uprising is a global, youth-led organization focusing on climate education, climate advocacy and mobilizing young people to take direct action for their future.

Extinction Rebellion Youth is led by a community of young people within Extinction Rebellion, a network focused on coordinating national civil disobedience actions to draw attention to and persuade governments to act on the climate and ecological emergency.

Fridays for Future USA is a people-led movement around the climate crisis. Founded in August 2018, Fridays for Future was inspired by teen activist Greta Thunberg, who sat in front of the Swedish parliament every school day for three weeks to protest against the lack of action on the climate crisis.

Future Coalition is a national network and community for youth-led organizations and youth leaders. Future Coalition works collaboratively to provide young people with the resources, tools, and support they need to create the change they want to see in their communities and in this country.

The International Indigenous Youth Council is an organization that seeks to organize youth through education, spiritual practices, and civic engagement to create positive change in our communities.

Sunrise Movement is a youth-led movement of young people committed to stopping the climate crisis. Sunrise Movement is currently leading actions around a Green New Deal, including by planning hundreds of launch parties across the country in January 2020.

US Youth Climate Strike is a youth-led movement that helped organize over 424 student strikes occurring in at least 45 states on March 15, 2019. US Youth Climate Strike recently announced plans for youth-led “primary strikes” around the primary and caucus process in each state.

Zero Hour is an intersectional movement around climate change. In 2018, Zero Hour organized the first official Youth Climate March in 25 cities around the world and laid the groundwork for the climate strike movement.

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