Events and Action Items for this 51st EARTH DAY. We’ve got recommendations for you:
DONATE TO SUPPORT ECA
2021 promises to be a year of enormous progress in ending the Climate Crisis.
For its thousands of members, ECA exercises our great collective power to assure climate justice. You can strengthen our power by making a generous Earth Day contribution.
JOIN EARTH DAY LIVE AND CLIMATE SUMMITS
For Earth Day 51, EARTHDAY.ORG will bring together global activists and international leaders for 3 days of Climate Action, including Summits and an Earth Day Live Event.
- April 20 GLOBAL YOUTH CLIMATE SUMMIT (2:30 PM ET) & WE SHALL BREATHE SUMMIT (7PM ET): Join our beloved youth climate activists for a 4-hour youth summit led by Earth Uprising, My Future My Voice, and OneMillionOfUs. There will be special messages from activists including Greta Thunberg, Alexandria Villaseñor, and Licypriya Kangujam. That evening, join the Hip Hop Caucus for the “We Shall Breathe” summit, examining climate and environmental justice.
- April 21, 7 AM ET. “TEACH FOR THE PLANET” EDUCATION SUMMIT: A multilingual summit led by Education International, featuring activists from every continent, focused on the crucial role of educators in combating climate change and the need for transformative climate education.
- April 22, 12 Noon ET. EARTH DAY LIVE: Join the second-annual multi-hour Earth Day Live, featuring activists, educators, researchers, musicians, artists, activists, influencers and more.
JOIN THE LIVESTREAM OF PRESIDENT BIDEN’S GLOBAL CLIMATE SUMMIT
April 22 and 23. LiveStream as President Biden hosts world leaders at his Climate Summit, reclaiming a leading role in the effort to address the Climate Emergency and reaffirming U.S. commitments to global cooperation on stronger climate action. We do not yet have details about how to livestream. Please check your local news sources for details.
I Am Greta” Earth Day Film Screening and Panel Event
April 22, 7 pm ET. A virtual screening + discussion among climate activists and scholars, including: Nina Nobel (Buddhist, Truth Seeker & Social Activist), Leo Cerda (climate activist, Black Indigenous Liberation Movement; from the Kichwa community of Serena in the Ecuadorian Amazon), Mustafa Santiago Ali (VP of Environmental Justice, Climate & Community Revitalization, NWF), and Candace Printz (Founder, Green Hope Project). Presented in partnership with the National Society of High School Scholars, National Children’s Campaign, Schools for Climate Action, and Helen Keller National Center. Register here
JOIN THE “LET’S TALK WITH REV.” PODCAST WITH SHALANDA BAKER
April 22, 6 pm ET. Alabama Interfaith Power & Light and The People’s Justice Council will premiere “Let’s Talk with Rev.” with special guest Shalanda Baker, author of Revolutionary Power and Deputy Director for Energy Justice in the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity at the U.S Department of Energy. Register here.
FORESTRY POLICY COMMENT PERIOD – WEBINAR
April 22, noon ET. Join co-hosts Reverend Leo Woodberry, of New Alpha CDC, and Danna Smith, of Dogwood Alliance, and ECA’s own Erniko Brown of Dogwood Alliance. They will discuss the importance of the current comment period (ending April 29th) and the talking points you can use to get involved to end the forest industry practice of creating sacrifice zones (through USDA funding) in Southeastern communities, including ways to protect communities and forests. Join Zoom Meeting www.dogwoodalliance.org
Webinar: EVs – Cheaper than you think
Apr 22, 3 PM ET. Transportation is the No.1 source of U.S. CO2 emissions, and this webinar, hosted by the Electrify Coalition will explore all the questions you might have in going electric for your next vehicle. Peter Glenn from EVLife will cover low cost EV options, rebates, low maintenance costs, the growing used EV market, and demonstrate how you can save a lot buying an EV. Steven Alaman from Forth will give a live demonstration of fast charging and explain all your charging options for home,office and trips. Learn about the increasing range of EVs and take a road trip with Kelly Yearick, from Forth. See the models available today and profiles of three exciting new vehicles: The Ford Mach-E, the Tesla Model Y and the VW ID4. Register here
April 22, 6:30pm ET. JOIN ELDERS PROMOTE THE VOTE with the ENVIRONMENTAL VOTER PROJECT (EVP) for the launch of its phone bank into Texas. Help build the environmental voter project. We’ll be calling unlikely-to-vote environmentalists ahead of May 1st elections in CD-6 and several major cities! No prior phone banking experience required; we’ll provide all the training and scripts you’ll need. Register Now.
TAKE ACTION WITH MOMS CLEAN AIR FORCE. TELL CONGRESS: ELECTRIC BUSES ARE THE SMART WAY TO GET TO SCHOOL – SUPPORT THE CLEAN SCHOOL BUS ACT
Every day, millions of our children and grandchildren ride school buses with dirty diesel engines, adding to the air pollution that makes climate change worse and causes a wide range of health issues, including asthma attacks and cancer. And diesel pollution can get trapped inside the school bus; the children breathe in harmful fumes as they ride to and from school. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (NV), Senator Patty Murray (WA), Representative Johana Hayes (CT-05), and Representative Tony Cardenas (CA-29) have introduced the Clean School Bus Act that will support the swift transition of diesel school buses to 100% clean electric power.prioritizing grants to school districts serving environmental justice communities and communities with poor air quality. Our partners at Moms Clean Air Force have prepared a letter you can send. Sign on here.
EcoChallenge — It’s Game On! Join the Team!
Really, it is a “game” called “Drawdown EcoChallenge” that all can participate in while helping the planet. Join as an individual or team; the impact of your actions will be automatically calculated and made available to you and your partners, so we can all see the beneficial effect of our actions. Volunteers from Unitarian Universalist Ministry For Earth (UUMFE) and Elders Climate Action (ECA) have customized our own EcoChallenge to include actions that you may choose as important to you. Sign up here to join the ECA team and start scoring points for our team and the climate. Sign up ASAP the EcoChallenge event will run until June 30.
AND FINALLY, AN INDIVIDUAL ACTION YOU CAN TAKE: COMMIT TO TAKE FEWER FLIGHTS THIS YEAR.
On Earth Day our hearts are with our children and grandchildren and future generations, and many of us are planning to travel to visit loved ones. But air travel produces massive greenhouse gas emissions, and for now, technology does not have easy answers to reduce them. When flying is your only option, then fly, but commit to reduce the number of your flights. Consider alternatives like trains and buses. ECA does not endorse carbon offsets as an answer to the Climate Crisis, but when air travel is your only option, consider buying them. Learn more here.