- Category: Climate Talks
25 Feb 2013
- Published on Monday, 25 February 2013 08:55
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Putting a face on the impacts of climate change is the goal of this year’s Earth Day 2013.
The Earth Day Network has announced that “The Face of Climate Change” is the theme for this year’s activities, saying that this was chosen because of the need to highlight the mounting impact of climate change on individuals around the world.
Between now and Earth Day on April 22, the Earth Day Network will be collecting and displaying images of people, animals and places directly affected or threatened by climate change, and tell the world their stories.
“Many people think climate change is a remote problem, but the fact is that it’s already impacting real people, animals, and beloved places all over the world, and these Faces of Climate Change are multiplying every day,” said Kathleen Rogers, president of Earth Day Network.
On and around Earth Day, an interactive digital display of images will be shown in thousands of events and places around the world. The display will also be made available online.
Everyone is encouraged to participate in the display and be “climate reporters” by sending their pictures and stories that show The Face of Climate Change.
The campaign is heavily focusing on social media with people being encouraged to post their photos on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #FaceOfClimate.
“The Face of Climate Change will not only personalize and make real the massive challenge that climate change presents, it will unite the myriad Earth Day events around the world into one call to action at a critical time,” said Franklin Russell, director of Earth Day at Earth Day Network.
The Earth Day Network mobilizes over one billion people in 192 countries through year-round advocacy, education, and public policy campaigns to protect the environment. Their biggest activity is coordinating the global observance of Earth Day (see related story).
To learn more about EarthDay and participate in The Face of Climate Change, go to www.earthday.org/2013 - EcoSeed Staff