Captain Planet and I are packing up for the Mobilize the Earth™ rally on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on Earth Day! I am so excited to be asked to speak at the National Mall on Earth Day 2012.
The rally on the National Mall, America’s premier national park, is the centerpiece of the global Earth Day and part of a vast network of Earth Day events around the world. More than one billion people in 192 countries participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. Earth Day Network, who organizes the global Earth Day, has set the theme for Earth Day 2012 as Mobilize the Earth.
“From pivotal elections being held around the world, to the UN Earth Summit in June, to the need to kickstart the global economy, 2012 is an extremely important year that will set the global agenda for a long time – but environmental issues are on squarely the backburner for world leaders,” said Kathleen Rogers, president of Earth Day Network. “That’s why we’re coming together on the Mall and standing in solidarity with millions of people at thousands of Earth Day events around the world. We’ll Mobilize the Earth to call for environmental issues to become a top priority for world leaders in this pivotal year.”
Earth Day Network plans to hold the final countdown to A Billion Acts of Green® at the event. A Billion Acts of Green, the world’s largest environmental service campaign, is being called a global referendum on the environment that demonstrates the breadth of support for strong, coordinated action to address the world’s most pressing environmental issues, such a climate change. Acts of Green run the gamut from a pledge by an individual to use energy efficient light bulbs to a pledge by a company to plant a million trees.
“At the event on the Mall, those in attendance and our partners all over the world are going to pitch in for the final push to reach A Billion Acts of Green, and I’m confident that with their help we’re going to blow that goal out of the water,” said Rogers. “Once we reach a billion, we’re going to take them all to the UN Earth Summit in Rio this year and make sure that world leaders hear our voices. It’s hard to ignore a billion actions.”
If you haven’t registered your act of green make sure you click this link to be counted among the millions of voices calling for change! We are so close, over 980 million acts of green and counting!
Organizers expect tens of thousands of people to descend on the National Mall for the event, joined by civic leaders, government officials and celebrities. Speakers will include EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Atlanta Falcons fullback Ovie Mughelli, Indy Car driver Leilani Münter, members of Congress including Reps. John Dingell and Edward Markey, representatives from U.S. government agencies, and the heads of major national and international NGOs. Denis Hayes, organizer of the first Earth Day in 1970, will also speak.
The event on the National Mall will include an “EcoVillage” with dozens of interactive exhibits, including renewable energy demonstrations, educational workshops and voter registration. Exhibitors include NASA, the United Nations Environment Programme, Vietnam Veterans of America, the Yasuni Initiative / Embassy of Ecuador, Kids vs. Global Warming, Tremont Electric, Solar City, and Interfaith Moral Action on Climate Change.
A youth march – slated to be the largest Earth Day youth march ever – organized by Earth Day Network partner iMatter, will begin at 11:30 a.m. at 12th Street and Madison Drive NW on the Mall and will join the main event at noon.
If you are in the Washington D.C. area make sure you join Captain Planet and me at the National Mall. If you won’t be able to make it the entire rally will be streamed live on the web at www.earthday.org.