Prominent Hollywood celebrities are encouraging people to participate in Earth Day-themed events, including a climate strike, at the same time that millions of Americans have been laid off due to the Chinese coronavirus pandemic.
Stars including Alyssa Milano, Patricia Arquette, Jamie Lee Curtis, Chelsea Handler, and Piper Perabo have explicitly promoted the strike to their social media followers, calling for people to participate in the collective action to make their voices heard on the environment.
They are also promoting what activists are calling “three days of climate action,” which in addition to the climate strike includes divestiture from polluting companies and a wide voter registration push.
Earth Day 2020 was intended to be a three-day affair before the coronavirus forced organizers turn it into a virtual event. Instead, a 72-hour live stream event starting Wednesday will feature celebrity appearances as well as talks by Al Gore and Stacey Abrams.
Among the organizations participating in this year’s Earth Day is the National Resources Defense Council, the environmental lobbying group that has come under Congressional scrutiny for its relationship with China.
Hollywood stars have been reaching out to their social media followers this week to promote the Earth Day 2020 events, specifically the “three days of action.”
Alyssa Milano called on her Twitter fans to “strike, divest, and vote for our future,” in a video posted on Wednesday.
is the 50th anniversary of #EarthDay and the start of 3 days of powerful, collective action online led by youth activists. Join us! Strike, divest, and vote for our future. Tune in to #EarthDayLive here:https://t.co/MV6Di6Tn25 #EarthDay #EarthDay50 pic.twitter.com/wgvUsfBjFI
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) April 22, 2020
Natalie Portman posted on Instagram her support for the “3 days of climate action,” as well as groups including the NRDC.
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Happy Earth Day! Today I’m joining @osopepatrisse, @janefonda, @chefjoseandres, @zaziebeetz and more to support young activists in 3 days of climate action with @nrdc_org, @futurecoalition + @sunrisemvmt. In case you missed it, I went live this morning cooking for @nrdc_org’s Earth Day live audience. Visit http://earthdaylive2020.org to tune into the livestream and watch this video for one of my favorite #plantbased recipes: lentil salad with roasted sweet potatoes, kale, and vegan feta.
Rosanna Arquette tweeted out the #StrikeWithUs hashtag in a similar post promoting Earth Day.
Today is the 50th anniversary of #EarthDay and the start of 3 days of powerful, collective action online led by youth activists. Join us! Strike, divest, and vote for our future. Tune in to #EarthDayLive here: https://t.co/tPT4uNDGBi @FutureCoalition #StrikeWithUs
— Rosanna Arquette🌎✌🏼 (@RoArquette) April 22, 2020
Jamie Lee Curtis showed her her support for the call to strike, divest from polluters, and register to vote. Actress Piper Perabo and comedian Chelsea Handler also pushed for the initiative.
I’m joining @NRDC and young people all over the world to mark the 50th anniversary of #EarthDay with 3 days of powerful, collective climate action online. Join me April 22-24 by RSVPing and tuning in to #EarthDayLive:https://t.co/l94r6POnls. 💻🌍 pic.twitter.com/wNo6gU5ckw
— Jamie Lee Curtis (@jamieleecurtis) April 22, 2020
— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) April 22, 2020
Register to vote… for the future.
Visit https://t.co/SRXpzFzRH8 or text "earthvote" to 56525 to triple the impact of your vote and join #EarthDayLive from April 22-24. #EarthDay #ClimateStrike #StrikeWithUs @FutureCoalition pic.twitter.com/XpZlelU4ph
— Piper Perabo #StayHome (@PiperPerabo) April 22, 2020
Musician Jason Mraz also added his support for the call for a climate strike.
— Jason Mraz (@jason_mraz) April 22, 2020
Other stars including Moby and Dave Matthews Band also showed their support for the Earth Day-themed events. While they didn’t specifically call for a strike, they tweeted out links to the official Earth Day livestream site that is promoting the strike.
Join me on Wednesday at 12:20pm PT for a conversation on the link between COVID-19 & the climate emergency with Joaquin Phoenix, @nutrition_facts, @swetac and @hailevthomas as part of #EarthDayLive's 3 days of powerful, collective action online.
— moby XⓋX (@thelittleidiot) April 21, 2020
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of #EarthDay joining Dave Matthews and others all over the world on #EarthDayLive starting tomorrow, April 22nd for 3 days of powerful, collective action online. Dave will perform on April 24th at 5:30PM ET: https://t.co/drNxChPBw0 @FutureCoalition pic.twitter.com/Iz1OioxUdb
— dave matthews band (@davematthewsbnd) April 22, 2020
Still more Hollywood celebrities promoted Earth Day and environmentalism in general, including Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert Downey, Jr.
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Today marks the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. This year there are two crises: One is the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The other is a slowly building disaster for our climate. The world was not prepared for the novel coronavirus but we still have time to prepare in every part of the world for the climate crisis. The urgency has never been greater, and the stakes have never been higher – we face mass extinction of species, catastrophic pollution of oceans, destruction of communities and displacement of millions. Join @EarthDayNetwork for a virtual day of action at earthday.org (see link in bio) 🌎 #EarthDay #EarthDay2020
In honor of EARTH DAY, and in tandem with @ProbablyPaigey's (FPC North Carolina Ambassador’s) 18th BDAY…The as-promised Footprint Coalition official website launch… https://t.co/SSqu0fXffV #EarthDay2020 #EarthDay50 #FootPrintCoalition pic.twitter.com/EI8u1ITIMA
— Robert Downey Jr (@RobertDowneyJr) April 22, 2020
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The Big Blue Marble. The most iconic photograph in human history. Taken in 1972 by the Apollo 17 crew with a 70mm Hasselblad camera pointed out the tiny window of the spacecraft. It was the first photograph of the wholly illumined planet earth. You need to be 20,000 miles above earth, with the sun behind you to achieve this image. Today we celebrate Earth Day. We protest. We worry. We mourn. Our Big Blue Marble is in a severe crisis that is man-made. This is irrefutably (despite what some in the anti-science set might say) backed up by research and becomes clearer with every passing year. It has been our rapacious burning of coal and oil (CO2), our decimating of forests and draining of wetlands and our replacing actual jungles with concrete jungles that has brought us to this point. So what do we do? We protest. We worry. We mourn. We pray. AND WE ACT! VOTE for candidates that support science. (The current Environmental Protection Agency has been gutted, protections destroyed, in favor of unchecked corporate pollution.) VOTE for and support candidates that prioritize the health of our one, beautiful, irreplaceable planet over greed. We reduce our carbon footprint. We drive less and bicycle more. We become conscious consumers. We plant trees. We stop eating beef. Like generations of hippies have said, we "reduce, reuse and recycle." We unrelentingly pressure companies with our dollars and our voices to make cleaner, more environmentally conscious choices. We LOVE OUR PLANET. Deeply. With all of our hearts. When this photograph was released it changed the way we saw ourselves and our planet. It was revolutionary. Look! There’s no borders! There are only swirling clouds and deep blue oceans and forests and deserts and mountains. All inhabited by ONE SPECIES, regardless of our skin color, our beliefs, our histories, our culture or customs. “The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens.” – Baha’u'llah Folks, Earth Day should be 364 days a year (with only one day left over for polluting.) But for today? We celebrate our mother.