Earth Day 2020 live: the latest updates from global climate action

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Earth Day has now reached its 50th anniversary, and millions of people are expected to participate in the annual day of environmental action to meet the enormous challenges facing our planet.

This year’s event plans have been turned upside down by the coronavirus crisis, but the movement has instead planned 72 hours of digital action to celebrate the theme of climate action. This comes after the pandemic forced the United Nations to postpone the COP26 international climate conference, which is meant to put countries back on track to prevent climate degradation.

Meanwhile, bans introduced around the world have seen the skies clear of pollution and wildlife in the deserted streets, while US oil prices plunged below zero for the first time in history.

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“We have sinned against the Earth,” says the Pope

Pope Francis made a passionate plea to protect the environment on Earth Day, saying that the coronavirus pandemic had shown that certain challenges had to be met with a global response.

François praised the environmental movement, saying that it was necessary for young people “to take to the streets to teach us the obvious, that is to say that there will be no future for us if we destroy the environment that supports us. ”

He added that the Earth was not an endless store of resources to be exploited, saying, “We have sinned against the Earth, against our neighbor and, ultimately, against the creator.”

Live animal markets and wildlife trade continue in Asia amid coronavirus pandemic

In parts of China and parts of Southeast Asia, markets for live animals and wildlife trade continue despite growing international calls for tighter restrictions on “wet” markets and the use of wildlife in traditional medicine.

The new coronavirus outbreak is believed to have originated in a wildlife market in Wuhan, China and has spread to humans due to their proximity to wild animals.

Read the report from our climate correspondent Louise Boyle here:

Surfers Against Sewage asks the public to expose plastic pollutersTo mark Earth Day, Surfers Against Sewage is launching a campaign, #ReturnToOffender, urging the public to document plastic pollution during their daily walks during the lockout.

The campaign is asking people to upload these photos to social media to encourage companies to tackle the plastics problem.

How coronavirus blockages have changed the world’s most polluted cities

While the coronavirus pandemic forced the UN to postpone the COP26 international climate conference, it also created a global pollution reduction experience in some of the world’s busiest cities.

From New Delhi to Milan, the air has become cleaner, albeit temporarily, because people stay at home.

Conrad Duncan accounts for this unintended consequence of blockages around the world

Artist Olafur Eliasson Releases Interactive Animations to Mark Earth DayDanish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson has started publishing a series of orange and pink images of the Earth to encourage people to have a new world view.

People should look at the point in the center of each image for 10 seconds, then focus on a blank surface where an afterimage will appear. The artist will post a series of these images every hour from 10 a.m. on Instagram, and hopes to encourage mass participation around the world.

Last year was the hottest on record in Europe, scientists say

Eleven of the hottest 12 years to date have all occurred since 2000, according to a new report from the European Union’s climate monitoring service.

Last year was the hottest year on record in Europe after scorching heat waves led to record temperatures in February, June and July, scientists from the Copernicus Climate Change Service (CS3) said in the annual report on the European state of the climate.

Learn more about the Earth Day report here:

Dalai Lama: “We can no longer exploit the resources of this land”

The Dalai Lama exhorted people to “resolve to live in harmony with nature” in a message to mark Earth Day.

A look back at the highlights of Earth Day in the past 50 years

The first Earth Day came after Senator Gaylord Nelson witnessed the impact of an oil spill in Santa Barbara, California in 1969 and wanted to harness the energy of the anti-movement. Vietnam War, led by young people, to act in the field of the environment.

From “lessons” students of the 1970s, the movement now involves up to a billion people around the world who are calling for environmental action.

The Independent’s Louise Boyle, climate correspondent, returns to Earth Day for half a century:

The world must show “the same determination against climate change as against the coronavirus”, according to UN experts.

The world must “show the same determination and unity” against the accelerating climate change problem as against the coronavirus, insisted the UN experts.

A report by the World Meteorological Organization released on the 50th anniversary of the annual Earth Day event confirms that the past five years have been the warmest on record in the world.

WMO Secretary General Petteri Taalas said: “While Covid-19 has caused a serious international health and economic crisis, failure to address climate change can threaten human well-being, ecosystems and savings for centuries.

“We have to smooth the pandemic and climate change curves.”

What is Earth Day?

Earth Day has now reached its 50th anniversary, and according to the Earth Day Network (EDN), more than one billion people in 192 countries participated in last year’s event.

The celebration marks the anniversary of the birth of the environmental movement in 1970.

Modern environmentalism is widely credited as having started with the publication of Rachel Carson’s bestselling book Silent Spring – documented the effects of indiscriminate use of pesticides – in 1962.

72-hour livestream brings Earth Day online

This year’s plans for massive in-person events have been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, but the movement has pivoted to 72 hours of digital action.

Jane Fonda, Joaquin Phoenix and Al Gore are among the stars speaking out on the current climate crisis, alongside leading scientists and journalists.

This year’s theme is climate action, 2020 being seen as a tipping point for action on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and achieving the United Nations goal of maintaining global warming by below 2 ° C.

Hello and welcome to The Independent’s continued Earth Day 2020 coverage

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