Climate literacy and innovation were at the core of the 2021 Earth Day celebration on 22 April. This debunked the long-standing idea that mitigating and adapting will help solve the problem of climate change.
Advancing from its general call for action on its 50th year anniversary in 2020, the largest civic event that started in 1970 specified that a proactive action to counter climate change includes educating the masses on climate situations and promoting innovative green technologies.
Earth Day 2021’s theme, “Restore the Earth,” encapsulates the need for innovation and transformative climate education.
This is aligned with the United Nations (UN) declaration of 2011 to 2030 as the “Decade of Ecosystem Restoration.”
Three days of virtual events filled this year’s worldwide observance of Earth Day led by Earth.org.
The programs started with young climate advocates who huddled virtually for Global Youth Summit. This was followed by Hiphop Caucus’ “We Shall Breathe” protest and Education International’s “Teach for the Planet: Global Education Summit” with the participation of 32 million educators around the world.
Completing the programs was an online live event on Earth.org consisting of workshops, performances and calls to action. The topics covered focused on innovative ways to restore the planet’s ecosystem.
In the Philippines, the celebration had the theme “PINASiglang Mundo,” which highlighted the ban on single-use plastics.
The webcast on the Climate Change Commission’s Facebook page started with “Jam for Earth” led by GMA artist Aicelle Santos.
Filipinos from different sectors also participated on “My Earth Day Pledge” and #WalangPlastikanChallenge.
House Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda conducted “Stories for a Better Normal” where lawmakers huddled to discuss effective policy-making to address climate issues.
To promote zero-waste, Department of Trade and Industry Undersecretary Ruth Castelo led a panel discussion on what communities can do to avoid using single-use plastics.
Various Philippine organizations held social media campaigns and events such as the Earth Day Forum conducted by Alpha Phi Beta Fraternity of the University of the Philippines College of Law that likewise commemorated the first death anniversary of the Philippines’ Earth Day resolution author, former Sen. Heherson Alvarez.