International Earth Day is April 22 and marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in the United States in 1970, building upon centuries of environmental protection led by indigenous communities around the globe. Every year, it is celebrated around the globe as a day of action that changes human behavior and provokes policy changes as we all fight for a clean environment, climate solutions and social equity.
Each year, UC Irvine student leaders, staff and faculty organize a variety of events during the entire week of April 22 to inspire sustainability action on campus and in the wider community. Sustainability Co-Curricular Working Group (SCWG) meetings organized by the UCI Sustainability Resource Center brings together campus leaders to strategically plan the week’s events. Earth Week events often include tree plantings, sustainability fairs, political advocacy, beach cleanups, educational sessions and more!
April 22, 2020, marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. This year is historic for another reason as a global pandemic reveals the emergent consequences of the erosion of living systems and the exploitation of communities on a planetary scale.
Many of us are learning, organizing, and volunteering remotely to honor Earth Day, Week, and Month. Now, just as it is imperative to stay home to protect ourselves and our communities, it is imperative to act together to work towards a livable future. Visit the link below for a list of virtual events and opportunities hosted by organizations at UCI and around the world!