Wednesday this week marks the fiftieth Earth Day, the largest secular holiday in the world, celebrated by more than a billion people every year on 22 April to demonstrate support for environmental protection.
On Earth Day 2016, the landmark Paris Agreement was signed, bringing into force the historic draft climate protection treaty adopted by consensus of the 195 nations present at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris. 2020's UN Climate Conference (COP26), scheduled for Glasgow, Scotland in November, has been deferred because of the global coronavirus pandemic.
This Unusual Year
Around 100 of the world’s key experts are meeting “virtually” this week to fast forward creative solutions needed to build a better future and avert the biggest crisis facing humanity in an event organised by social network “We Don’t Have Time” in collaboration with lead partners "Exponential Roadmap" and "Earth Day Network", which is being live streamed as part of the fiftieth anniversary events. Topics to be addressed include climate finance, food and agriculture, the circular economy and consumption, big ideas and local government.
Other partners and guests include key representatives of business; the United Nations; the UK government; academia and scientific think-tanks; entrepreneurs; social media platform Twitter; artists; campaigners and civil society.
Ingmar Rentzhog, founder of We Don’t Have Time which is based in Stockholm, Sweden, said: “The current pandemic of Corona Virus has harmed lives, livelihoods and economies”.
“It has also triggered the postponement of the crucial UK-hosted, UN climate conference, where climate action was meant to rise to the next level towards meeting the landmark Paris Agreement…The world must clearly lift the threat of the current pandemic, but we cannot lose sight of the even bigger crisis facing our planet and its people. When the global economy restarts, it must do so with a clear and urgent direction towards a low carbon future”.
Kathleen Rogers, President of Earth Day Network, said: “We are delighted to be working together with We Don’t Have Time on this conference spotlighting the amazing solutions and inordinate opportunities to fast forward a climate safe future…The Corona Virus has dramatically changed the way of all us will be marking Earth Day 2020…Together, and with hundreds of millions of people around the globe we are making it clear to leaders that people everywhere are behind ambitious action and the answers to the climate crisis are here and ready to be deployed”.
The Earth Day Week “No Fly Conference” is running from Monday 20 April to Friday 24 April with a Climate Hackathon on Saturday 25th April. The public, drawn from an estimated 100 countries, is able to watch and interact with the daily conference from the comfort of their homes or workplaces by registering on the event web site.