On Monday 22nd April 2013, over one billion people worldwide will take part in the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day to demonstrate their support for environmental protection. With thousands of events taking place in more than 192 countries, Earth Day is considered to be one of the largest civic observances of environmental celebration on the planet.
This year’s theme is "The Face of Climate Change" which aims to highlight and personalise the growing challenge that climate change presents. The Earth Day Network, the not-for-profit organisation founded by the organisers of the first Earth Day, is collecting for images of people, places and animals which have been affected by the growth of climate change, as well as images of people working to find solutions. On Earth Day itself, an interactive digital mosaic of all the images will be shown at Earth Day events around the world and be available online. In this way, Earth Day aims to share thousands of personal stories about the impact of climate change and the extraordinary lengths that people have gone to in order to fight it.
Writing on their blog, the Earth Day Network said that “climate change can seem like a remote problem for many, but the fact is that it’s already impacting real people, animals, and beloved places all over the world. These Faces of Climate Change are multiplying every day. Fortunately, others are too: those stepping up to do something about it.”
To find out how you can get involved with other Earth Day activities, click here.