Earth Day turns 50 amid a global pandemic and climate breakdown

April 22, 2020
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Five years into the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals, the world is at a checkpoint. The coronavirus pandemic will not shut us down. On the other hand it reminds us of what’s at stake in our fight for the planet, a world where pandemics and extreme weather events span the globe, leaving already vulnerable communities even more at risk.

While the coronavirus may force us to keep our distance, it will not force us to keep our voices down. We may be apart, but through the power of digital media, we’re also more connected than ever. We’re all in this together, here on Earth.

Human health and planetary health are interlinked. To protect one, we must protect the other. Millions rallied behind this idea to create the first Earth Day in 1970, and, 50 years later, we must rally behind it again.

We must build the largest, most diverse online mobilization in history in defence of the environment. Our world needs a united response for bold action.

On Earth Day 2020, we say enough is enough.The urgency has never been greater, and the stakes have never been higher – we are now in an environmental emergency and a climate breakdown.

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Countries covered:

  • Algeria
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Palestine *
  • Syria *
  • Tunisia