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The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network, the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, works with tens of thousands of partners in 192 countries to build environmental democracy and to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement. For more information, visit us at www.earthday.org and follow us on Twitter @EarthDayNetwork

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Apr 22, 2018
from 12:05 AM to 11:55 PM

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The year 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. We must seize this moment to inspire global actions that safeguard the earth against the unprecedented challenges of the 21st century.

In the four years leading up to 2020, Earth Day Network will launch a series of bold, thematic initiatives to galvanize unparalleled global collaboration.

Earth Day 2018’s theme is End Plastic Pollution.

“Plastic pollution is real and growing threat to our planet that rivals climate change,” said Kathleen Rogers, President of Earth Day Network. “From injuring marine life to disrupting human hormones, plastic pollution is having a devastating impact. The good news is we can solve this porblem. Citizens can play an activist role in demanding that corporations and governments take actions to end plastic pollution.”

The End Plastic Pollution campaign will include these key components:

  • Educating citizens to help them change their own behaviors and those of their communities.
  • Engaging business leaders to establish new commitments to reduce and eliminate plastic pollution.
  • Working with governments to build support for a global framework to prevent and manage plastic pollution.

The End Plastic Pollution campaign is part of a five-year effort that began in 2016, builds up to the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in 2020 and continues for the next decade.

Plastics litter our cities and oceans, and growing evidence shows how they contribute to health problems in humans and animals.By 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans! Plastic coagulates into great floating “garbage patches” that cover large areas of the Pacific. Plastics wash up on beaches and can be found in the stomachs of more than half the world’s sea turtles and nearly all of its marine birds. If plastic pollution was bagged up and arranged across all of the world’s shorelines, we could build a plastic wall around every shoreline and the sea. This is a problem we can help solve by cleaning up plastic trash, drastically reducing the amount of plastic used and recycling 100% of the rest.

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