Be more than one in a billion: take action this Earth Day

Tuesday, 21 April 20202 minute read

The 50th Earth Day happens on Wednesday, 22 April 2020.

A half a century of environmental activism is being marked in these most extraordinary of times, with most of us at home, taking part digitally.

To celebrate this moment, when around 1 billion people come together in more than 190 countries to engage with our earth’s environment and to help create positive change, I’ve talked to Tia Nelson on behalf of Pure Planet.

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Tia is an inspiring woman, a leading environmentalist, activist and campaigner and the managing director of the Outrider Foundation. She also happens to be the daughter of Gaylord Nelson.

It was her father, a United States Senator, who started the first Earth Day in 1970. It was meant to be a ‘teach-in’ on some university campuses in America but it turned into a 20 million strong civic gathering — the largest ever seen in the States.

Daily News front page April 23, 1970. Earth Day!

We took time to reflect on Earth Day’s beginnings in our chat, and what it means for us today, as we live with the threat of a global pandemic — and ever present climate change. We discuss Greta, renewable energy, politics and how every one of us can make a difference.

Earth Day is now a global movement. It encourages us all to take climate-friendly action and to live more sustainably. There are lots of things you can do to join in and to help make a difference. There are toolkits, quizzes and virtual events to get involved with, as well as free talks from some of the world’s leading sustainability thinkers you can join digitally.

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Of course, you don’t need to do everything all at once. Earth Day may be for 24 hours, but it’s really for always.

Happy 50th Earth Day everyone, and our thanks to Tia Nelson from all at Pure Planet.