The Earth Day Network is responsible for coordinating the global movement we call Earth Day in over 192 countries around the world. As you may know, Earth Day has become one of the most important and recognized initiatives bringing attention to the major issues that threaten life as we know it on this planet. The work that they do at the Earth Day Network has an impact on so many different aspects of environmentalism and we wanted to know a bit more about it from someone on the inside. So, we reached out to our partner at EDN, Kathryn Stoddard, to give us a bit more information about her role there and about this amazing organization.
1. How did you become involved with EDN and what is your current role with the organization?
I handle marketing and development and have been with EDN since 2009.
2. When and where was Earth Day Network founded and how many people get involved with Earth Day?
The first Earth Day took place in 1970. On that day, 20 million people in the US took to the streets to demand a clean environment free of pollution. Within the year, the US had established the Environmental Protection Agency, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and the Species Protection Act. Earth Day is now observed in 192 countries and is coordinated by the nonprofit Earth Day Network, chaired by the first Earth Day 1970 organizer Denis Hayes. Earth Day is now the largest secular holiday in the world, celebrated by more than a billion people every year. Earth Day is a global phenomenon and a day of action for the environment.
3. What are some of your favorite successes of Earth Day Network?
4. Can you please tell us a little bit about the projects that Earth Day Network is currently working on?
Our theme for 2018 is End Plastic Pollution. Please check earthday.org for more information and resources. We also continue our work to ensure environmental education and healthy schools for all, plant millions of trees globally each year and work to end dependence on fossil fuels and expand the environmental movement worldwide. Here’s another link to a great project as well: https://www.earthday.org/2018/03/15/earth-day-network-and-impactppa-announce-partnership-to-spread-clean-energy/
5. What are some of the ways you’re working to end plastic pollution?
EDN’s End Plastic Pollution campaign includes four major components:
Leading a grassroots movement to support the adoption of a global framework to regulate plastic pollution;
Educating, mobilizing and activating citizens across the globe to demand that governments and corporations control and clean up plastic pollution;
Educating people worldwide to take personal responsibility for plastic pollution by choosing to reject, reduce, reuse and recycle plastics, and
Promoting local government regulatory and other efforts to tackle plastic pollution.
6. What is a surprising fact that not many people know about Earth Day Network?
In addition to our headquarters in Washington DC, we have 3 offices in India and have recently initiated an office in Myanmar.
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