Earth Day 2021 addresses the urgent need to Restore Our Earth™
One of the most pressing issues of the 21st century is climate change, and with news that carbon dioxide levels have reached a staggering 421 parts per million, the highest concentration in 3.6 million years, Earth Day 2021 and its Three Days of Climate Action takes on a renewed urgency.
In this blog, we offer an overview of Earth Day 2021 and its events including the (20 April), (21 April), and (22 April), workshops, panels and performances that focus on the Day’s theme that runs parallel to US President Biden’s Leaders Summit on Climate. We also give a brief summary of the , (19-22 April 2021 via Zoom), presented by the University of Sydney and the University of Western Sydney.
Earth day has been observed on 22 April annually since 1970. Today, more than one billion people in 192 countries participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.
This year, the Earth Day theme is according to Professor Mark Howden, director of the Institute for Climate, Energy and Disaster Solutions at the Australian National University, “is proportional to the change that’s associated with an ice age. And an ice age, fundamentally changes the face of the earth.”, a timely appeal considering “what we’ve already done to the atmosphere,”
Earth Day 2021: three days of climate action
DAY 1: Tuesday 20 April 2021
The three days of climate action will begin with theled by Earth Uprising, and in collaboration with My Future My Voice, OneMillionOfUs and hundreds of youth activists. Consisting of panels, speeches, discussions and messages from young activists including Greta Thunberg, Alexandria Villaseñor, and Licypriya Kangujam. The four-hour digital summit will investigate several issues of concern including:
In the lead up to the event, the youth organisers will compose a short list of demands they would like addressed at the Biden Administration’s climate summit (* see Leaders Summit on Climate below).
In the evening, thevirtual summit will explore climate and environmental justice, connecting the climate crisis to issues of pollution, poverty, police brutality, and the pandemic, all within a racial justice framework.
DAY 2: Wednesday 21 April 2021
Education International will lead the, a multi-lingual, virtual gathering spanning several time zones and will feature prominent activists from around the world discussing the crucial role educators play in combating climate change.
DAY 3: Thursday 22 April 2021
Thedigital event will begin at 12pm Eastern Time (2am, 23 April, AEST; 12am, 23 April, AWST), and will include workshops, panel discussions, and special performances that will focus on the theme, such as:
Leaders Summit on Climate
In late March 2021, President Biden invited 40 world leaders, including Australia’s PM, Scott Morrison to thewhich will be streamed live for public viewing on April 22 and 23.
Immediately returning the United States to the Paris Agreement on his first day in office, President Biden announced days later that he would convene a leaders summit to rally some of the world’s largest economies to address the climate crisis. Seen as a key precursor to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) to be held in Glasgow later this year where the parties to the Paris Agreement will also meet, the Leaders Summit on Climate will address key themes including:
Reimagining Climate Adaptation Summit
Reimagining Climate Adoption Summit 2021: Future Earth Australia, the Sydney Environment Institute (University of Sydney) and the Institute for Culture and Society (Western Sydney University), present the from 19-22 April 2021 via Zoom. Each day features a range of presentations from academia, industry, government and commerce. Keynote speakers include: Bruce Pascoe, Dr Marcelo Mena Carrasco, The Hon. Lily D'Ambrosio MP, and Dr Gayle Schueller.
Next week, part two: On Earth Day 2021, we look at the crucial Five Pillars to, Sustainability Victoria’s TAKE2 climate change pledge initiative, and , Goal 13 of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
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Written by Wendy Cavenett
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