Earth Day was founded in 1970 to, in the words of its founder, “bring an overwhelming insistence of the new generation that we stem the tide of environmental disaster.” Now each year I see Earth Day come and go with too much greenwashing and not enough action.
This year, we want to try something a little different: we want to Take Back Earth Day by organizing bold actions on our campuses.
Already students are organizing incredible Earth Day actions — from hundreds of students at Mizzou who will rally to demand their school shut down its dirty coal plant, to high schoolers from across Minnesota who will unite to lead a March to Demand Climate Action.
Earth Day is the time of the year where college and elected officials like to celebrate what they’ve done to protect the environment — let’s celebrate with them, but also demand that we do more. We’ve got to hold campuses accountable to their climate commitments, and push them to make a clean break from big polluters: divesting from fossil fuels and moving to 100% clean energy.
Whether you are already organizing an Earth Day event, or want to start planning one, put it on the map to become a part of the national story of young people taking action for the climate.
There’s a toolkit to help you plan your action, and we’ll collect photos from actions across the country to show the media that this Earth Day we’re demanding that our campuses clean up their act.