Washington, D.C.—Over 100 million people took action in 192 countries in honor of Earth Day’s 50th anniversary, making commitments on a range of environmental issues, according to a press release from Earth Day Network.
- The Earth Day 50 livestream reached more than 8.5M views (syndicated through org, Twitter,Twitch, YouTube, and earthdaylive2020.org) and more than 20M impressions, and had peak simultaneous views to the livestream of over 120,000, while Earth Day Network’s website had more than 2 million unique visitors.
- Using state of the art technology, more than 2 million people using avatars participated in a digital march on the Ellipse of the White House.
- Earth Day Network’s stealth Street Art Protest included more than 500 well-known and community graffiti and street artists from every continent.
- Speeches and performances were given by people including Secretary General of the UN Antonio Guterres, mayors around the world, Sec. John Kerry, Vice President Al Gore, Denis Hayes, Ministers of the Environment from multiple countries, Zdeno Chara, Jason Mraz, Jack Johnson, Roger Waters, Michael Franti, Nahko, Jason Mraz, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Ed Markey, Dave Matthews, Prince Albert of Monaco, Vanessa Hauc, and UNFCCC Patricia Espinosa.
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Hollywood actor and environmental activist, Ed Begley and his daughter, writer and actor Hayden Begley, co-hosted Digital Earth Day. “I am beyond grateful to everyone at Earth Day Network for all the incredible work they have done and for making such a momentous occasion possible,” said Hayden Begley in the release. “Words cannot describe how honored I feel to have taken part in Earth Day 2020.”
“I am once again energized, as I was back in 1970, when we first gathered in loving respect for the planet we call home,” added Ed Begley. “More than 8 million glorious souls gathered together on the live stream to pursue the notion of a sustainable future for ourselves and our children. A half century later the spirit of Earth Day lives.”