Each year since 1970, people demonstrating their support for environmental protection have celebrated Earth Day on 22 April around the world. Today over one billion people in 192 countries are taking action to protect the environment – organizing demonstrations and rallies, demanding climate action, cleaning up their communities, meeting with their elected officials, planting trees, and teaching their children about protecting our planet – in honor of Earth Day.
“Earth Day is the most powerful force the environmental movement has ever known,” said Kathleen Rogers, president of Earth Day Network.
This year Earth Day Network is focusing on Green Cities. On Earth Day and throughout the year, cities are working with their communities to catalyze a transition to a more sustainable future through efficiency upgrades, investment in renewable energy, and regulation reform.
“For the first time in history, most people on Earth live in urban areas. Many of these cities are desperately trying to transform themselves into models of efficiency and sustainability, and some are preparing to face the perils of climate change. We’re working with these cities, local governments, citizens, and other stakeholders to convert these cities into “green cities.” That means redesigning their transportation infrastructure, modernizing their energy systems, and rethinking the way they build,” said Franklin Russell, Director of Earth Day at Earth Day Network.
View the list of Earth Day events being organised across Africa today.