September 24, 2020

Earth Day’s 50th anniversary goes digital amid coronavirus pandemic, with virtual protests, video teach-ins and more

The 50th anniversary of Earth Day was destined to be a worldwide celebration.

With social distancing restrictions in place around the world to fight the spread of coronavirus, the millions of people who were expected to fill parks, stadiums, universities and plazas around the world on Wednesday to mark the annual day devoted to environmental protection will instead rally online.

“Amid the recent outbreak, we encourage people to rise up but to do so safely and responsibly — in many cases, that means using our voices to drive action online rather than in person,” Kathleen Rogers, president of Earth Day Network, said in a press release.

There are many ways people can participate: protesting virtually; creating a poster and sharing it on social media with hashtags like #EarthDayNetwork; attending a virtual presentation organized by students, universities and other leaders; watching a performance; playing trivia games; and more

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