Earth Day 2020: Collision of Climate Change and Pandemic
The day to honor our planet takes on a different role amid the ongoing global crisis.
Every year since 1970 the world marks Earth Day on April 22.
The very first celebration originated by the people who were outraged by polluted rivers due to oil spills and smog.
More than 20 million people supported the cause!
50 years later, there is still a dire need for action on the environmental crisis.
In 2009, Earth Day became an officially recognized day by the United Nations General Assembly.
In fact, it was on Earth Day of 2016 that United Nations formally adopted the Paris Agreement, where world’s top economies pledged to limit the rise of temperatures to less than 2 degrees Celsius and expand their capability to mitigate the negative impact of climate change.
This year, more than ever, the 50th anniversary of the very first Earth Day Celebration and the Paris Agreement serve as a stark reminder that climate change is a huge issue for all humanity.
The celebration of Earth Day was supposed to be a historic event of global proportions. However, with the ongoing global pandemic and quarantine imposed virtually in every corner of the planet — the day will turn to digital and virtual platforms instead of street protests and actions.
The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented occurrence in human history. Therefore, TAIMI will take part in the 24 hours of actions aimed at raising awareness about climate and the planet. Kicking things off will be an in-app poll of our users about the environment, impact of COVID-19 on their health, and whether they will change their ways after the quarantine is lifted.
In addition, TAIMI — the world’s first LGBTQI+ social network and dating app asks its over 5 Million Users to contribute with ideas to implement “green initiatives” and things the app can do to help bring more awareness to the environment.
As we all look forward to the day worldwide quarantine ends, we must not forget to seize this time to bring attention to the cause and change things for the better.
The future is literally in our hands at this moment. On April 22, 2020, we all need to focus on opportunities to talk about green jobs, sustainability, action to protect forests across the world, and more.
Indeed, for TAIMI it is important to look forward to the future. TAIMI, just like most companies has plans and goals that span far beyond 2020. So, we join the organizers of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in their plans to fill digital landscape with discussions, performances, webinars and events supporting urgent action on climate change.
Go to earthday.org for livestreamed conversations, events and actions.
The world showed unity 50 years ago on environmental crisis, it is time to do the same in 2020.
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Updated on Aug 17, 2020
Posted on Apr 21, 2020.
Written by TAIMI.