EARTH DAY – 22 April 2020

The Global Geoparks Network participates in the celebration of the EARTH DAY 2020 to raise sensitization for OUR planet!

Last October the Asian Pacific Geoaprks Network decided to launch on April 22nd –EARTH DAY 2020 a new initiative called APGN week to organize activities in all Asia – Pacific UNESCO Global Geoparks.

Last January the European Geoparks Network took the initiative to collectively present the activities dedicated to EARTH DAY 2020, and Shetland UGGp (Rory Tallack) had the coordination.

The activities in UNESCO Global Geoparks world wide cannot be realized as planned in the field due to COVID-19 pandemic, but we can organize digital activities all together.

On Earth Day, April 22, 2020, our planet is facing two crises:

  • One is the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
  • The other is a slowly building disaster for our climate.

The theme selected long ago for Earth Day 2020  is  climate action.

The enormous challenge — but also the vast opportunities — of action on climate change have distinguished the issue as the most pressing topic for the 50th anniversary of EARTH DAY.

Climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world habitable.

Geoparks hold the geological record of past climate changes and thus are excellent places to teach the consequences of the past climate changes to the ecosystems of that time and to raise sensitivity of the society towards the current climate change.

Today, Geoparks  join our efforts with institutions and individuals world wide to underline that we all need to act now!

If we don’t demand change to transform our planet and meet our climate crisis, our current state will become the new normal — a world where pandemics and extreme weather events span the globe, leaving already marginalized and vulnerable communities even more at risk.

Human health and planetary health are inextricably linked. 

To protect one, we must protect the other.

Millions rallied behind this idea to create the first Earth Day in 1970, and, 50 years later, we must rally behind it again.