As Earth Day turns 50 amid lockdowns, environmental action goes digital

(Reuters, 20 Apr 2020) With anniversary celebrations limited by the coronavirus pandemic, environmental campaigners are taking their gatherings online.

With many nations having banned mass gatherings to slow the spread of the deadly coronavirus, green activists are marking the 50th anniversary of Earth Day online, urging environmental action through apps, webinars and digital campaigns.

The annual push to raise public awareness about the environment and inspire actions to protect it, held each April 22, this year comes amid a health crisis that has forced unprecedented shutdowns in countries around the world.

But organisers and environmentalists are pushing ahead with celebrations - this year with low-carbon digital tools.

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Reuters, 20 Apr 2020: As Earth Day turns 50 amid lockdowns, environmental action goes digital