By Denice Zeck
On Sunday, February 2, Earth Day Network ran a full-page ad in The New York Times announcing a global day of activism to mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22, 2020. The advertisement ran nearly 50 years to the day that a full-page ad in The New York Times used the words â€œEarth Dayâ€ for the first time.
â€œThe New York Times ad changed everything,â€ said Denis Hayes, coordinator of the first Earth Day. â€œThe ad issued a call to all Americans about the state of our planet. Once it ran, millions of people joined this national effort.â€
Like the first full-page ad, Sundayâ€™s ad is a call to action to millions to unite to tackle environmental degradation and the climate crisis of today.
â€œFor the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we need everyone participating,â€ said Kathleen Rogers, EDN President. â€œThe first Earth Day led to the creation of the EPA, Clean Air Amendments, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act, and many of our nationâ€™s most important environmental legislation, all passed with overwhelming bipartisan support. In 1970, Earth Day mobilized 20 million Americans. Today, Earth Day is global, and every nation on Earth is participating.â€
years ago, 20 million people took to the streets to demand that our
government protect the health of our people and our planet,â€ the Sunday
ad reads. â€œEarth Day 1970 remains the largest civic engagement event in
human historyâ€¦until now.â€
View and learn more about the 1970 and 2020 ads here.
Earth Day Network is a non-profit organization with a mission to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide. Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network is the worldâ€™s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with 75,000 partners in nearly 192 countries.
Denice Zeck (email@example.com) is the Media Contact for Earth Day Network.
This press release was sent on February 2.