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Earth Day 2020: One World Stayed Together At Home

by: Joris Zuid
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Earth Day's 50th anniversary went digital amid the coronavirus pandemic, with virtual protests, video teach-ins, and more. The real reality is that 2020 seams to get very hot. Climate change was the Earth Day theme. Just before Earth Day, One World 'Together At Home' got organized by Lady Gaga to support everybody in a lockdown or to work hard to save victims of the coronavirus, a virus that finds it's origin in the adverse change of the environment (the habitat of animals).

Earth Day 2020: One World Stays Together At Home

With social distancing restrictions in place around the world to fight the spread of coronavirus, the millions of people who were expected to fill parks, stadiums, universities, and plazas around the world on Wednesday the 22th of April 2020 to mark the annual day devoted to environmental protection stayed at home to rally online.

Earth Day: History

In 1970, as a 25-year-old graduate student, Denis Hayes organized the first Earth Day. The resounding success of that event, which brought out 20 million Americans - 10 percent of the United States population at the time - helped spark the modern environmental movement. 

man, sitting, hand supporting head
Photo by: Charles W. Harrity. 25-Year-old graduate student, Denis Hayes organized the first Earth D

The decade that followed saw some of America’s most popular and influential environmental legislation: updates to the Clean Air Act and the creation of the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Fifty years later, we have different environmental challenges, some much more significant, most notably global climate change. Despite the existential threat of climate change, today, countries are rolling back environmental protections, failing to live up to the Paris Agreement and dragging their feet on climate action. Meanwhile, the environmental movement has gained momentum, thanks in no small part to an infusion of energy and outrage from the youth climate movement.

Recommended: Fossil Fuel Will Dominate Energy Use Through 2050: Globally

The decade that followed the first Earth Day saw a cascade of environmental protection legislation, some of which are facing recent threats and rollbacks. What do we need to do to spark the next wave of protection for our environment?

I’m not a mechanical determinist in politics, but there is something that has been as regular as a pendulum with the environment in America, according to Denis Hayes. The 1970s was a very pro-environment decade when we were almost unstoppable for ten years. That led to the 1980s and people whose names are synonymous with anti-environmental zealotry. If there is a pendulum phenomenon, you might think that after the (current White House) administration, we will have a similar sort of backlash (to recent efforts to) undo 50 years of environmental progress. I think that will build up a reasonably strong constituency, and if we pull our act together, we can mobilize to reverse anything and stop anything not yet completed.

                                          
                    Michael Moore Presents: Planet of the Humans | Full Documentary | Directed by Jeff Gibbs


The huge question is not so much how we’re going to protect the victories of the past since they are hugely popular and very cost-effective. Similarly, going forward, as you look at something like climate change, there are various approaches to something akin to a Green New Deal. There are various threats in different parts of the world. We have forest fires, air pollution, deforestation, heatwaves, locust plagues, etc. And so, the things that will be relevant in one place will be very different in another. We need to have that latitude.

A successful Earth Day 2070 would look like a world that is living within its limits. That is in ecological terms, not going well beyond its current capacity and suffering from overshoots from collapse is something that I fear is likely. Still, it shouldn’t be if we’re doing everything well. When we have things going well for the environment, Earth Days tend to be somewhat celebratory, and when you have something going wrong for the environment, then they tend to protest against all of the things that are going wrong and that are harming people. I hope in 2070 we will be in a position to celebrate.

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Together At Home In 2020

"Amid the recent coronavirus outbreak, we encouraged people to rise but to do so safely and responsibly. In many cases, that meant using 'our voices' to drive action online rather than in person,” Kathleen Rogers, president of Earth Day Network, said in a press release.

There were many ways people participated: protesting virtually; creating a poster, and sharing it on social media with hashtags like #EarthDayNetwork; attending a virtual presentation organized by students, universities, and other leaders; watching a performance; playing trivia games, etc. Earth Day activities for children: From a cereal box guitar to paper beads to a milk carton bird feeder got made.

Lady Gaga organized one great virtual support for everybody in a lockdown or working hard to save other people's lives.

'Together At Home': Lady Gaga

With 'Together at Home,' Lady Gaga brought together music stars from around the world to give everyone something they so desperately need at this time of acute coronavirus and environmental crisis. As you watched maybe the live performances recorded in stars homes while they, like everyone else, are self-isolated due to coronavirus, it’s a bit like going round a house with an estate agent: you’re pretending to listen to what they’re saying, but you’re trying to check out their bookshelves and thinking, my God, those kitchen units are divine or ultimately awful.

woman, lady gaga, stage, black, green cloth
Photo by: Kevin Mazur. Lady Gaga organized' One World: Together At Home.'

Virtual Action Amid Coronavirus Pandem

All this ogling is not really in the spirit of the event, which is a profoundly earnest appreciation from the stars for essential workers, their performances interspersed with coverage of the fight against the coronavirus, and shows of support from Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama and others.

It began with six hours of online live-streamed performances along with calls to donate to the WHO’s Solidarity Response Fund before the star wattage intensified for the TV broadcast, and the tone changed. For the UK, there was a tweaked version of the package, featuring a higher proportion of Brits including Paul McCartney and Tom Jones, plus social media montages of stars including the athlete's Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis-Hill.

One World: 'Together At Home'

The performances were often beautiful and displayed rare gifts. Stevie Wonder’s medley of Bill Withers’ Lean on Me with his Love’s in Need of Love Today was a robust double-helix of solidarity. The Rolling Stones’ rendition of You Can’t Always Get What You Want is superbly intimate, Jagger’s big-hearted vocals juxtaposed perfectly with Keith Richards’ Tom Waits-Esque murmurs stoicism and caution in a brotherly duet. Jennifer Lopez isn’t generally thought of as a balladeer, but her performance of Barbra Streisand’s People is Broadway-powerful, and its subject matter – humility in crisis – made it correctly chosen. Elton’s performance of I’m Still Standing was less good, delivered in the clipped 'club-style' of Shooting Stars.


The latest single of the Rolling Stones. 'Living in a Ghost Town. Mick Jagger said the new single would ‘resonate through the times we’re living in’ and references coronavirus with the lyric: ‘Life was so beautiful, then we all got locked down.’

Among the new generation, Billie Eilish is typically spellbinding. She picked out Sunny by Bobby Hebb, an infectiously joyful tune. Still, while the lyrics faced forward into brightness and joy, the way Eilish performed it – using her beautiful, high-frequency vibrato – acknowledged the pain that came before. Burna Boy’s song African Giant – 'Tell em Africa we done dying' – deftly countered the narrative of desperate African strife that has dominated all-star benefit shows in the past. Taylor Swift’s moving performance of Soon You’ll Get Better, initially written for her unwell mother, will no doubt have powerfully resonated with those whose family members are currently stricken. The line 'This won’t go back to normal if it ever was,' takes on a quiet political edge, too.

Woman, Taylor Swift, newspaper cover
Photo by: Raphael Lovaski

Paul McCartney’s Lady Madonna was jazzily interpreted almost to the point of incoherence. Still, he and Tom Jones gave evocative personal tributes to the NHS, with Jones remembering his isolation at the hands of tuberculosis as a child.

Michael Bublé – whose young son was treated for cancer in 2016 – delivered a rightly sentimental take on God Only Knows for health workers, but it’s Little Mix who is the best of the Beeb exclusives with a perfectly harmonized version of Touch. Their melancholic take on a track that’s about being ragingly horny hints at a painful side of self-isolation that only a pop song could address in this family-friendly format.

There were striking moments across the six-hour preamble, too. Ellie Goulding’s admission – "I can get quite socially anxious, so you’d think (lockdown) would be a breeze for me, but I’m finding it hard" – is a moment of bracing honesty amid the peace-and-love bromides. The husk that develops around her voice as she pushes it into the red is one of pop’s loveliest sounds.

Recommended: Top 2000: Does The Music Scene Get Environmentally Conscious

Kesha’s ferocious-sounding cat sounded like it’s keeping someone off-camera well over two meters away; South African rapper Sho Madjozi flipped her Good Over Here with lyrics castigating people breaking lockdown and is one of the few moments of genuine fun.

K-pop super-boyband SuperM were charming, indulging in lockdown pursuits like exercising, drawing, building a model ship, and cooking some rubbish-looking bruschetta as they sang; the comment feed duly explodes into heart emojis. But it was Italian star Zucchero who stole the show, covering Everybody’s Gotta Learn Sometimes on piano. The Korgis’ song was about the loss of innocence at realizing the sheer power of love, but in this context was charged with something even more profound: the pain of grief and the inevitability of death.

man, waving, drums, stage, lights Italian star Zucchero
Italian star Zucchero

Earth Day And 'Together At Home': Online

Gaga et al.’s intentions were ultimately noble, the performers were sincere, and their song choices channel poignancy, acknowledge tenacity, and invited for self-reflection. They also, meanwhile, showed that the chief interior lighting choice for celebrities was the soulful application of candles.

"We're super happy that we have these great online activities, but we are looking forward to being outside and volunteering, planting trees, doing cleanups, signing petitions, registering people to vote. The Earth Day Network created a citizen science initiative called Earth Challenge 2020 that allows people to engage with science through a smartphone app. "It's sort of one-click activism," said Rogers, adding that users can upload photos and alert their local government of any plastic pollution in their communities.

Earth Day 2020: Our Hot One World

Hot, hot, hot: 2020 expected to be Earth's warmest year on record, scientists say. A 'megadrought' is emerging in the western US: It might be worse than any in 1,200 years

lake, water, hills
Photo by: A.P. A bathtub ring marks the high water line at Black Canyon on Lake Mead near Boulder City, Nevada.

In its annual global temperature forecast, the Met Office predicts 2020 will be around 1.11C above pre-industrial levels, extending the series of the Earth's hottest years since records began in 1850. The series started in 2015 when global temperatures exceeded 1C above pre-industrial standards for the first time, while 2016 remains the hottest year on record at around 1.16C above the baseline. In the absence of a strong El Nino weather phenomenon in the Pacific, which pushes up global temperatures, the hot temperatures in 2020 will be due to rising levels of greenhouse gases, experts at the Met Office said.

Recommended: Heatwaves Worldwide: Nothing New! How To Protect Your Self

One World Stayed 'Together At Home'

Michael Kozuch (Board President Earth Day) that part of the desire was to provide people with comfort during the coronavirus pandemic by bringing on local musicians to play music - like One World 'Together At Home' from Lady Gaga -, a live demonstration of tree planting and a cooking class on how to make plant-based meals.

There are simple ways to do that, he said, including using public transportation, recycling, eating organic, and voting for officials who want to help the environment. It may be difficult for people to feel encouraged and hopeful for the planet amid the coronavirus pandemic, and before that, the horrific fires in Australia and California, Hayes admitted. Don't lose faith, he said.

"It is depressing," Hayes said. "But I got a message for you: We've not reached the end of the line. We've still got time to be able to turn this around before we reach tipping points that do become irreversible."

Before you go!

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The Rolling Stones’ rendition of You Can’t Always Get What You Want is superbly intimate, Jagger’s big-hearted vocals juxtaposed perfectly with Keith Richards’ Tom Waits-Esque murmurs stoicism and caution in a brotherly duet. Jennifer Lopez isn’t generally thought of as a balladeer, but her performance of Barbra Streisand’s People is Broadway-powerful, and its subject matter – humility in crisis – made it correctly chosen. Elton’s performance of I’m Still Standing was less good, delivered in the clipped 'club-style' of Shooting Stars. The latest single of the Rolling Stones. 'Living in a Ghost Town. Mick Jagger said the new single would ‘resonate through the times we’re living in’ and references coronavirus with the lyric: ‘Life was so beautiful, then we all got locked down.’ Among the new generation, Billie Eilish is typically spellbinding. She picked out Sunny by Bobby Hebb, an infectiously joyful tune. Still, while the lyrics faced forward into brightness and joy, the way Eilish performed it – using her beautiful, high-frequency vibrato – acknowledged the pain that came before. Burna Boy’s song African Giant – 'Tell em Africa we done dying' – deftly countered the narrative of desperate African strife that has dominated all-star benefit shows in the past. Taylor Swift’s moving performance of Soon You’ll Get Better, initially written for her unwell mother, will no doubt have powerfully resonated with those whose family members are currently stricken. The line 'This won’t go back to normal if it ever was,' takes on a quiet political edge, too. Photo by: Raphael Lovaski Paul McCartney’s Lady Madonna was jazzily interpreted almost to the point of incoherence. Still, he and Tom Jones gave evocative personal tributes to the NHS, with Jones remembering his isolation at the hands of tuberculosis as a child. Michael Bublé – whose young son was treated for cancer in 2016 – delivered a rightly sentimental take on God Only Knows for health workers, but it’s Little Mix who is the best of the Beeb exclusives with a perfectly harmonized version of Touch. Their melancholic take on a track that’s about being ragingly horny hints at a painful side of self-isolation that only a pop song could address in this family-friendly format. There were striking moments across the six-hour preamble, too. Ellie Goulding’s admission – "I can get quite socially anxious, so you’d think (lockdown) would be a breeze for me, but I’m finding it hard" – is a moment of bracing honesty amid the peace-and-love bromides. The husk that develops around her voice as she pushes it into the red is one of pop’s loveliest sounds. Recommended:  Top 2000: Does The Music Scene Get Environmentally Conscious Kesha’s ferocious-sounding cat sounded like it’s keeping someone off-camera well over two meters away; South African rapper Sho Madjozi flipped her Good Over Here with lyrics castigating people breaking lockdown and is one of the few moments of genuine fun. K-pop super-boyband SuperM were charming, indulging in lockdown pursuits like exercising, drawing, building a model ship, and cooking some rubbish-looking bruschetta as they sang; the comment feed duly explodes into heart emojis. But it was Italian star Zucchero who stole the show, covering Everybody’s Gotta Learn Sometimes on piano. The Korgis’ song was about the loss of innocence at realizing the sheer power of love, but in this context was charged with something even more profound: the pain of grief and the inevitability of death. Italian star Zucchero Earth Day And 'Together At Home': Online Gaga et al.’s intentions were ultimately noble, the performers were sincere, and their song choices channel poignancy, acknowledge tenacity, and invited for self-reflection. They also, meanwhile, showed that the chief interior lighting choice for celebrities was the soulful application of candles. "We're super happy that we have these great online activities, but we are looking forward to being outside and volunteering, planting trees, doing cleanups, signing petitions, registering people to vote. The Earth Day Network created a citizen science initiative called Earth Challenge 2020 that allows people to engage with science through a smartphone app. "It's sort of one-click activism," said Rogers, adding that users can upload photos and alert their local government of any plastic pollution in their communities. Earth Day 2020: Our Hot One World Hot, hot, hot: 2020 expected to be Earth's warmest year on record, scientists say. A 'megadrought' is emerging in the western US: It might be worse than any in 1,200 years Photo by: A.P. A bathtub ring marks the high water line at Black Canyon on Lake Mead near Boulder City, Nevada. In its annual global temperature forecast, the Met Office predicts 2020 will be around 1.11C above pre-industrial levels, extending the series of the Earth's hottest years since records began in 1850. The series started in 2015 when global temperatures exceeded 1C above pre-industrial standards for the first time, while 2016 remains the hottest year on record at around 1.16C above the baseline. In the absence of a strong El Nino weather phenomenon in the Pacific, which pushes up global temperatures, the hot temperatures in 2020 will be due to rising levels of greenhouse gases, experts at the Met Office said. Recommended:  Heatwaves Worldwide: Nothing New! How To Protect Your Self One World Stayed 'Together At Home' Michael Kozuch (Board President Earth Day) that part of the desire was to provide people with comfort during the coronavirus pandemic by bringing on local musicians to play music - like One World 'Together At Home' from Lady Gaga -, a live demonstration of tree planting and a cooking class on how to make plant-based meals. There are simple ways to do that, he said, including using public transportation, recycling, eating organic, and voting for officials who want to help the environment. It may be difficult for people to feel encouraged and hopeful for the planet amid the coronavirus pandemic, and before that, the horrific fires in Australia and California, Hayes admitted. Don't lose faith, he said. "It is depressing," Hayes said. "But I got a message for you: We've not reached the end of the line. We've still got time to be able to turn this around before we reach tipping points that do become irreversible." Before you go! Recommended:  Bushfires Australia Generate Their Weather Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about the climate, the coronavirus, and Earth Day? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage.'
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