HAPPY EARTH DAY!
Earth day 2020 goes digital to celebrate its 50th anniversary!
The Earth Day website states that “On Earth Day, April 22, 2020, we have two crises: One is the coronavirus pandemic. The other is a slowly building disaster for our climate. We can, will and must solve both challenges. The world was not prepared for the novel coronavirus. But we still have time to prepare — in every part of the world — for the climate crisis”.
Each year, Earth Day has a different theme and the theme for 2020 is Climate Action.
As countries around the world enforce lockdowns due to coronavirus factories have shut, cars are staying off the roads, planes out of the skies, and businesses have closed to enforce social distancing. The impact of these social distancing measures on the environment is palpable with global pollution and carbon emissions the lowest since WW2. What better time for us to stop and consider the impact that we have been having on our beautiful planet. With one billion people in 192 countries thought to have taken part in last year's Earth Day organisers are hoping to increase that number this year as they flood the digital landscape with live streamed discussions, a global digital surge, and 24 hours of actions that you can take, right now and from wherever you are.
The 50th anniversary of the day will be the first ever Digital Earth Day, in which participants are encouraged to share the hashtags #EarthDay2020 and #EARTHRISE "in a collective call for transformative action for our planet. Over the 24 hours of Earth Day, the 50th anniversary of Earth Day will fill the digital landscape with global conversations, calls to action, performances, video teach-ins and more. Tune in to Earth Day 2020 to help create an Earth Day unlike any other by visiting https://www.earthday.org/earth-day-live/ and exploring the vast selection of events and activities for both adults and the little ones.
Celebrate Earth Day with Jersey Library by (virtually) exploring the natural wonders of our seven continents with the “Seven Worlds One Planet” ebook or by diving deep into the science of our natural world with “Our Planet” ebook on RB Digital. Or if you’re more of an audiobook kind of person you can honour this Earth Day by listening to one of the world’s favourite naturalist and environmentalists Sir David Attenborough talk us through “Life on Earth”. Immerse yourself in the sounds of nature from all over the world and feel like you’re right there in the jungle with him. Also available on RB Digital.
To access RB Digital download the app or visit http://jersey.rbdigitalglobal.com/ and sign up with your Jersey Library number.