Earth Day 2012: Mobilize the Earth
What does April 22nd mean to you? In exactly one month, we will be celebrating the 42nd Earth Day. This year’s theme is Mobilize the Earth, focusing on frustrations currently felt with the protection and preservation of the environment. The Earth Day Network describes how “the Earth Day 2012 campaign is designed to provide people with the opportunity to unite their voices in a call for a sustainable future and direct them toward quantifiable outcomes, using vehicles such as petitions, the Billion Acts of Green® campaign, and events.”
Individuals, organizations, businesses and governments can voice their support for the campaign by performing environmental actions and lending their names to this global referendum demanding change. The goal is to reach one billion actions by the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in June 2012.
Today, local leaders around the world are at the forefront of addressing the impacts of climate change and other environmental challenges facing their communities while at the same time struggling to balance budgets, create jobs, and produce energy savings. Campaign for Communities, previously known as Global Day of Conversation, is a platform for leaders around the world to engage their communities in discussions about the challenges and opportunities related to sustainability. Through organized dialogues, leaders will convey their ideas and opinions on environmental issues and share best practices, allowing citizens to learn about ongoing initiatives and provide input on current sustainability plans.
Educating today’s youth about environmental sustainability has the power to capture the attention of students, teachers, parents, the community, and beyond. Earth Day 2012’s education mission is simple: encourage as many students as possible to participate in Earth Day activities that teach the importance of civic and environmental responsibility. In addition, through the Reading for Earth program, Earth Day 2012 will work with communities and libraries to promote environmental literacy and educate people about the importance of individual actions that reduce the world’s carbon footprint.
Earth Day University will challenge students to exemplify their commitment to environmental activism by taking part in “MobilizeU”, an international competition between universities to generate Acts of Green. The competition will be centered around four weeks of activism leading up to Earth Day 2012 that will engage students in various activities, such as registering new voters, collecting personal act-of-green pledges, leading community clean-ups, and organizing major Earth Day events.
The Arts for the Earth and Athletes for the Earth campaigns aim to bridge the gap between the environmental movement and the arts and sports communities respectively. Through partnerships with individual athletes and artists, stadiums, museums, and events, Earth Day Network will organize various events worldwide and engage fans on the importance of sustainability.
Earth Day Network and its partners are once again joining forces to reprise their successful civic participation work focusing on environmental issues among youth and communities of color and in low-income communities. Earth Day Network and its Campaign for Communities partners share the belief that the only way to build a broader and more effective democracy is to help citizens, especially those in traditionally overlooked demographics, develop the skills they need to fully participate in the democratic process.
Our petition demands the adoption of renewable energy and energy efficiency targets, universal renewable energy access, and an end to all fossil fuel subsidies. We plan to deliver the petition to world leaders at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in June, 2012.
Access to renewable energy resources will play a critical role in the shift to a more sustainable society. Earth Day Network and TckTckTck are proud to announce a collaboration to mobilize communities worldwide to advocate for a sustainable future through the Renewable Energy for Allcampaign.
For more information about Earth Day 2012 and the various campaigns, please visit http://www.earthday.org/2012