Earth Day Initiative and March for Science NYC Announce Virtual Climate March and Festival

Earth Day Initiative and March for Science NYC Announce Virtual Climate March and Festival

Elizabeth Warren, Fridays for Future, and leading climate activists join Earth Day Initiative for the fight against climate change

NEW YORK, NY: Earth Day Initiative (EDI) in partnership with March for Science NYC announces its Earth Day 2021 event with Virtual Stage and Virtual Festival that includes a new immersive, ‘90s-inspired retro video game experience inviting worldwide attendees to participate in two days of invigorating programming in recognition of the most pivotal year to date for climate action. Organizers from Fridays for Future, the movement born from Greta Thunberg’s climate protests, and March for Science NYC will host a Virtual Climate March through the animated landscape concluding with a virtual rally for calls to action.

“With each passing day, the urgency for climate action grows, and we are running out of time,” says John Oppermann, Executive Director for Earth Day Initiative. “This is a pivotal year for our global community to acknowledge and respect the science of climate and COVID. We hope that the Earth Day 2021 Virtual Stage and Festival sets the tone ahead of the Biden Administration’s global climate summit to be held this coming Earth Day.”

In response to the current global pandemic, the safe and accessible Earth Day event is aimed to unify and activate the global community with hard-hitting educational experiences from leading climate activists, environmental experts, public officials, educators, and celebrities to organize urgent next steps to reverse the climate crisis.

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March for Science will go virtual again in 2021 rather than in-person. Photo: Vlad Tchompalov.

A pivot from the annual in-person march, the Earth Day 2021 Virtual Stage and Festival will draw the same energy and excitement with interactive sessions that advocates scientific integrity and environmental justice.

Free to the public, the virtual events are a continuation of last year’s digital events and will feature the scheduled programming: 

  • Earth Day 2021 Virtual Stage – Sunday, April 18 from 12 PM to 8 PM ET
    The event will explore what’s next for climate action and environmental justice, along with topics like eco-conscious living, sustainable enterprise, and 21st-century community-driven activism. Programming includes:
    • Presentations from a full line-up of speakers including Elizabeth Warren, Sam Kass, Mona Chalabi, and Kai-Uwe Bergmann of Bjarke Ingels Group.
    • A virtual tour of a BrightFarms greenhouse, providing hyper-local food for the community.
  • Earth Day 2021 Virtual Festival – Monday, April 19 from 12 PM to 7 PM ET
    Taking place in a virtual world that nods to ‘90s gaming, the Virtual Festival provides an opportunity for environmentally-forward organizations and attendees to band together to elevate the climate conversation while identifying ways to make a positive impact across all communities in this critical year.  Attendees will enjoy:
    • Direct live video interaction with event exhibitors including BrightFarms, Misfits Market, Oatly, Ocean Bottle, ASPCA, Fridays For Future, Climate Museum, Harvard Forward,  iHeartMedia, and many more. 
    • Organizers from Fridays for Future and March for Science NYC host Virtual Climate March in the virtual world closing with rally for calls of action.
    • A virtual art gallery experience that features cartoon versions of actual artwork from an exhibit, and an opportunity to virtually meet with the artists, made possible by a partnership with EcoArt Project and Rockefeller Brothers Fund.

Additional programming announcements will be made during the weeks and days leading up to the two-day event. 

In collaboration with Earth Day Initiative, March for Science NYC’s volunteer organization advocates science for the common good via open-access science to protect human and environmental rights and interests. The ambitions of both partnering organizations are to empower attendees to stay engaged, informed, and involved in the imminence of the current environmental issues that impact the global community at large.

The Virtual Stage and Digital Festival are a continuation of last year’s conversations about sustainability and climate change, which included notable speakers such as Bill Nye, Elizabeth Warren, Al Gore, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

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