Wave of Global Engagement Building for Landmark Earth Day 2020
April 15th, 2020, Washington, DC/Napa, CA
Earth Day Network, which coordinates the annual Earth Day, is today delighted to announce that Mission Blue has become a key partner for 2020.
Mission Blue, which is igniting public support for a global network of marine protected areas – Hope Spots! – large enough to save and restore the ocean, joins thousands of other groups and entities worldwide dedicated to make stepped-up environmental action a cornerstone in this crucial year.
Earth Day 2020 comes 50 years after the first Earth Day which, in 1970, mobilized over 20 million citizens to demand action on the environmental challenges of the time. Today Earth Day is observed in around 190 countries and mobilizes one billion people and close to 100,000 organizations. The overarching theme for Earth Day 2020, 22 April, is climate change.
“Mission Blue is thrilled to be partnering with Earth Day Network to get the ocean front-and-center on Earth Day,” said Laura Cassiani, Executive Director of Mission Blue. “We want the world to join us in calling for greater protection of the blue part of the planet. The future of the climate, global biodiversity and humankind are all fundamentally interwoven with the decisions we make today with regard to protecting the ocean. Less than 7% of the ocean has any protection at all. With hope, we are on the doorstep of a new era where we will see much stronger and more widespread protection of the sea. Now is the time. Our goal is 30% of the ocean protected by 2030. Join us!”
Tracey Ritchie, Vice President of Partnerships and Programs said, “Earth Day Network is thrilled to partner with Mission Blue for the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and look forward to a relationship dedicated to the conservation of our ocean environments.”
For one hour on April 22nd Earth Day, from 2:00pm to 3:00pm Eastern Standard Time, Earth Day will turn its attention to the ocean. The hour will be kicked off by an Instagram Live chat between Dr. Sylvia Earle, the founder of Mission Blue, and Paul Nicklen, the legendary photographer, filmmaker and marine biologist. To tune into this #BlueEarthDay session make sure to follow Earth Day Network, Mission Blue and Paul Nicklen on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
About Earth Day Network
Earth Day Network is a non-profit organization whose mission is to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide. Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with close to 100,000 partners in nearly 192 countries to build environmental democracy.
More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. Earth Day Network works through a combination of education, public policy, and consumer campaigns. For more information, visit www.earthday.org.