EARTHDAY.ORG’s theme for Earth Day 2021 is Restore Our Earth™, which focuses on natural processes, emerging green technologies, and innovative thinking that can restore the world’s ecosystems.
In this way, the theme rejects the notion that mitigation or adaptation are the only ways to address climate change. It is up to each and every one of us to Restore Our Earth not just because we care about the natural world, but because we live on it. We all need a healthy Earth to support our jobs, livelihoods, health & survival, and happiness. A healthy planet is not an option — it is a necessity.
More than 1 billion people in 192 countries now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. Today, we invite you to be a part of Earth Day and to help further climate action across the globe.
On this page, you will find key messaging and resources on Restore Our Earth. The toolkit includes all necessary materials to post on social media, write your own op-ed, or send a note to your network.
Restore Our Earth Campaigns
$1 = 1 tree. The Canopy Project partners with groups around the world to ensure that your donation sustainably plants trees for a greener future for everyone.
- Reforestation efforts capture carbon, cool overheated places, benefit agriculture, support pollinators, reduce the risk of disease transmission and boost local economies.
- EARTHDAY.ORG recognizes that planting billions of trees across the world is one of the biggest and cheapest ways of taking CO2 out of the atmosphere to tackle the climate crisis. Not only do forests act as carbon sinks, but they also provide vital habitat for animals and ecological services for humans, such as purifying the air we breathe and regulating local temperatures.
- Responsible reforestation programs can stabilize land from erosion or natural disasters, improve soil health and groundwater recharge, promote native and endemic fauna, and provide economic development for nearby communities.
To feed the world, we must adopt the latest techniques to support farmers, renew their land, and capture carbon through regenerative agriculture and sustainable food practices.
- A foodprint measures the environmental impacts associated with growing, producing, transporting, and storing our food — from the natural resources consumed to the pollution produced to the greenhouse gases emitted.
- Regenerative farming offers solutions to transform farmers into environmental and societal heroes. It promotes the health of degraded soils by restoring their organic carbon. Regenerative agriculture sequesters atmospheric carbon dioxide, reversing industrial agriculture’s contributions to climate change. Regenerative practices such as no till farming and cover cropping are reducing erosion and water pollution, and in turn producing healthier soils.
- Regenerative agriculture counters climate change and promotes food security by restoring soil, organic matter, and biodiversity as well as reducing atmospheric carbon. It’s an evolving holistic nature-based approach that boosts topsoil, food production and farmers’ incomes. The robust soils and diverse ecosystems that its organic practices create yield more high-quality, nutrient-rich produce than conventional agriculture, fostering fruitful farms, healthy communities and thriving economies.
When it comes to individual action for the common good, one of the best ways that people can make an impact for our planet is by cleaning up our public spaces. Our pollution problem is getting out of hand and our environment is suffering for it. Open landfills emit dangerous greenhouse gasses, waste and pollution that enter our oceans and freshwater. Microplastics even make it into our food and the air we breathe.
- By connecting with the Earth in a tangible way through cleanups, individuals experience firsthand the extent of our single-use plastic problem, and begin to recognize how systemic our pollution and waste challenges are.
- Through this global effort, cleanups reduce waste and plastic pollution, improve habitats, prevent harm to wildlife and humans and even lead to larger environmental action.
- The Great Global Cleanup advocates for both structural and individual change when it comes to pollution, promoting policies that reduce pollution and encouraging people everywhere to take individual actions that reduce waste.
Fifty years ago, the first Earth Day started an environmental revolution. Now, we are igniting an education revolution to save the planet. We are ensuring that students across the world benefit from high-quality education to develop into informed and engaged environmental stewards.
- Combined with civic education, climate and environmental literacy will create jobs, build a green consumer market, and allow citizens to engage with their governments in a meaningful way to restore our earth.
- EARTHDAY.ORG™ believes every school in the world must have compulsory, assessed climate and environmental education with a strong civic engagement component.
- The campaign encourages the governments attending the crucial UNFCCC Conference of Parties in 2021 to make climate change and climate literacy a core feature of school curriculum across the globe.
Global Earth Challenge™ gives citizen scientists the power to make the world a better place. Global Earth Challenge™ is the world’s largest-ever coordinated citizen science campaign. The initiative works to integrate existing citizen science projects, as well as build the capacity for new ones — all as part of a larger effort to grow citizen science worldwide.
- The campaign uses a mobile app to collect billions of observations in air quality, water quality, insect populations, climate change, plastic pollution and food sustainability, providing valuable environmental insight and a platform for policy change and restoration efforts in these areas.
- Global Earth Challenge™ connects, builds and enables global communities to leverage the power of scientific research to drive meaningful change.
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