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COVID-19 might be keeping people home as we celebrate Earth Day April 22, but that doesn't mean we can't help raise awareness of the importance of taking care of the planet. Organizers are going digital in their efforts to reach more people. For 24 hours on Earth Day 2020, social and digital platforms will be available to the world in the forms of global conversations, calls to action, performances, video teach-ins and more. Access the website here.
The theme for this year's Earth's Day, and its 50th Anniversary, is "Climate Action." Climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world habitable. Climate change refers to the wide range of Earth's average weather conditions, such as the increase in droughts, tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, etc.
The first Earth Day was held in response to this crisis, as well as to raise awareness about what we, as a society, can do to alleviate the threats to our planet. On that day, April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans took part in parades, protests and sit-ins, to do their part in raising awareness.
According to earthday.org, the first earth Day is credited with launching the modern environmental movement, as well as the Clean Air, Clean Water, the Endangered Species Acts, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).