With both local and international media’s attention currently focusing on Covid 19 global pandemic, a lot of events commemorating different days on the calendar have either been cancelled or gone unnoticed.First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day is an annual event celebrated around the world on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection.
This year, local organizations, CMMW in particular, Earth Rise, a global digital
mobilization that drives actions big and small, gives diverse voices a platform and demands bold action for people and the planet in commemorating Earth Day.
Over the 24 hours of Earth Day, Earth Rise filled the digital landscape with global conversations, calls to
action, performances, video teach-ins and more.
There was a 2 hour segment dedicated to celebrating
Earth Day in Africa using the #EarthDayAfrica and
#EARTHRISE to share messages, stories, success storie and calls to action.
CMMW in its role of promoting environmental sustainability and climate action, produced songs and poems emphasizing the need of coordinated efforts in restoring the land, reducing pollution and protecting wetlands.
CMMW produced a song by Clifford Mkanthama discussing land restoration, a poem by Binge talking about the impacts of climate change and a poem by Zinja explaining why water is life.
Further, the conservation non profit also launched a song by Tigris and a story by this author, both highlighting floods preparedness, prevention, response and roles of different stakeholders.
It goes without saying that the world is facing two crises: One is the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and the other is a slowly building
disaster for global environment.
In this light, Earth Rise and environmentalists are reminding the world that while the coronavirus may force us to keep distance, it reminds us of the importance of the fight for our health,
livelihoods, and planet.
It is therefore imperative to keep in mind that If we don’t demand change to transform our planet and environmental issues, our current state will become the new normal.
A world where pandemics,
polluted lands and waters, disappearing forests, and extreme weather events span Africa, leaving already marginalized and vulnerable communities even more at risk.
Just because we are at home, it doesn’t mean we should give you on climate change activism. Stay home, stay safe, fight climate change!
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