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Earth Day 2021: Five events worth watching

With Earth Day coming up next week on April 22, today, the Architrends blog takes a look at some upcoming events worth keeping an eye on.

Earth Day 2021 events

First held on the same date in 1970, this annual event features a wide range of events celebrated by millions of people in more than 193 countries. The theme for Earth Day 2021 is Restore our Earth, with a goal to focus on natural processes, green technologies and innovative systems that can restore the world’s ecosystems.

US Architects Declare Earth Day assembly

Advocacy group US Architects Declare is hosting a virtual event celebrating its first-year anniversary. Working group members, signatories and steering committee members will discuss its past works as well as goals and actions for the future. One of the group’s founders, architect Michael Pawlyn, will discuss a theory of change for working towards a viable future, followed by an audience Q&A.

The Great Global Cleanup

The American Society of Landscape Architects is teaming up with EARTHDAY.ORG to sponsor The Great Global Cleanup 2021. In its third year, this worldwide event offers several locations and initiatives where individuals and groups can sign up to remove refuse from local areas like parks and beaches.

Change Starts Here

The Nature Conservancy is hosting a virtual event titled Change Starts Here. Hosted by the group’s CEO and chief scientist Jennifer Morris, the event will celebrate today’s environmental heroes and includes a musical performance by Aloe Blacc as well as appearances from Animal Planet’s Coyote Peterson, actor and singer Bryan Greenberg, actresses Jamie Chung and Madeleine Arthur.

Earth Day Eve

National Geographic is presenting its Earth Day Eve celebration with a line-up of activities and many celebrities. Hosted by travel expert Jessica Nabongo, Nat Geo’s Earth Day Eve 2021 will feature performances from Angélique Kidjo, AURORA, José González, Maggie Rogers, Rostam, Valerie June, Willie Nelson, Yo-Yo Ma and Ziggy Marley, as well as a world premiere new music video from My Morning Jacket. Also featured will be conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall, carnivore ecologist Dr. Rae Wynn Grant, environmental journalist Lillygol Sedaghat and biologist Dr. Lucy Hawkes. Marine photographer Brian Skerry will preview a new four-part series, Secrets of the Whales, from Academy Award-winning filmmaker James Cameron.

Earth Day summit

President Joe Biden will also be convening dozens of world leaders for a virtual Earth Day summit. There, he is expected to introduce an ambitious plan to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions between now and 2030.

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