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April 22, 2019

Original Earth Day Organizer, Denis Hayes, will Announce Major Global Mobilizations for 2020 as Earth Day turns 50 at National Press Club, Washington DC

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Earth Day

Photo: A section of the gathering during Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day Concert held on the National Mall, Washington D.C. 18 April 2015. Washington DC, United States. The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the concert. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe. [File Photo]

WASHINGTON, DC — On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans took to streets, parks, and auditoriums to protest environmental degradation. This first Earth Day sparked the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.

Twenty years later, one of Earth Day’s original organizers, Denis Hayes, appeared at the National Press Club, Washington, DC. He announced the launch of Earth Day as a global organization, mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries.

On Monday, April 22, 2019, Denis Hayes will again return to the National Press Club to announce major global mobilizations ahead of Earth Day’s 50th anniversary, including “Vote for the Earth,” “Earth Challenge 2020,” and the 2020 theme for Earth Day, which will focus on global demand for transformative climate action.

This news conference will take place at 10:00 a.m. in the Club’s Zenger Room and is open to credentialed media and members of the Club.

The National Press Club is located on the 13th Floor of the National Press Building at 529 14th St., NW, Washington, D.C.

• River Ganges Initiative 2019 Kickstarts India’s Earth Day 2020 Plans as Part of the 50th Anniversary Great Global Cleanup.

Clean Ganga

Photo: The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, performing the Ganga Pujan, at Prayagraj, in Uttar Pradesh on December 16, 2018. [File Photo]

Washington DC/New Delhi — A landmark citizen-led cleanup of the iconic River the Ganges is to be launched by the Earth Day Network as part of comprehensive plans to mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.

The initiative gets underway as part of Earth Day 2019 high in the Himalayan mountains at Devaprayag where two glacier-fed streams meet to form India’s most famous and sacred river.

This first phase will evolve over the next 15 months to encompass 100 cities and towns close to the Ganges—known as the Ganga in India- as it meanders to the famous Sunderbans Delta.

Kathleen Rogers, President of Earth Day Network, said: “The project on the Ganges will serve as a lightning rod for many more countries and communities to get involved worldwide. As we transition into Earth Day 2020, we will mark the anniversary with a myriad of events including what we are calling the Great Global Cleanup.”

Anil Arora, Director of Partnerships, Earth Day Network, added: ‘’This is a people’s movement that will help those at the grassroots level understand that keeping the Holy Ganges clean is beneficial to them. It will make them a part of the campaign to keep it clean. While on the policy level, the government has several schemes in place to clean the Ganges, this will be a bottom-up approach in support of the government initiatives.’’

Karuna Singh, Earth Day Network’s Regional Director Asia and Country Director in India, added: “Clean up of the Ganges has a potentially significant role to play. Take plastics as just one barometer - according to the World Economic Forum, ninety percent of plastic pollution in the ocean comes from ten rivers, eight of which are in Asia and two in India - including the Ganges.”

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