Like so many different issues over the previous yr, a lot of the activism round Earth Day 2021 is digital, unfolding as a livestream celebration at Earthday.org.
Earth Day is at the moment, April 22. However occasions marking the day stretch means past 24 hours, and embody President Biden’s two-day local weather summit. This yr shall be lacking the big protests which have been a trademark of the local weather motion however some teams gathered in smaller methods to drive dwelling their messages.
On Wednesday, teams of activists got here to Washington, together with 350.org, US Youth Local weather Strike and Construct Again Fossil Free. They introduced transportable variations of “local weather clocks.” These gadgets, a few of them monumental, rely down, by some measures, the time left to keep away from the worst results of local weather change.
A bunch of climate-focused officers from capital cities throughout Latin America often known as Mayors of the Americas additionally held an occasion in Washington on Wednesday to debate their very own cities’ commitments to succeed in carbon neutrality earlier than 2040; one group left a clock on the White Home. In New York Metropolis, three protesters from Extinction Revolt NYC glued themselves to the home windows of NBC’s As we speak present studio in the course of the reside broadcast.
Gulf Coast environmental activists are in Washington, as properly, to carry a Louisiana-style “second line” parade to the White Home “to demand that Biden acknowledge the Gulf is in disaster and declare a nationwide emergency, cease fossil gas initiatives, reinstate the Crude Oil Export Ban and halt the hurt to Gulf communities like mine,” mentioned Sharon Lavigne, founding father of the environmental group RISE St. James, which fights the consequences of business air pollution on weak communities. “I really like my dwelling,” she mentioned, “and I don’t need to have to maneuver.”