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Earth Day/Laudato Si 2020

50 + 5/Earth Day and Laudato Si' anniversaries online events


Earth Day 50 is April 22, 2020. The fifth anniversary of Pope Francis' Laudato Si' - his encyclical on environmental issues subtitled "on care for our common home" is May 24. While we are disappointed that a global pandemic has disrupted our ability to gather in person, including University of Dayton and City of Dayton events, it hasn't stopped celebrations. Both will be marked by online events, reflections and information. Below is a partial list of events that pertain to our region, our state and our world:




  • Earth Day 50, EarthRise's Digital Earth Day page has a signup option and links.
  • AASHE/Earth Day 2020: The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) has a full page of online engagement opportunities throughout April, including EarthRise Digital Earth Day and a 24-hour webinar on happiness and sustainability.
  • En-ROADS Workshop: How Can Economic Stimulus Packages Help Address Climate Change? Three times, 8 a.m., 3 p.m. and 11 p.m from Climate Interactive, with required registration.
  • The United Nations is holding a 24-hour webinar, including a 6-7:45 p.m. session on the role of universities fighting COVID-19, achieving sustainable development and addressing social inequalities.
  • Stand Up For Climate Change Comedy Show, 9:30 p.m. The "best of" show features brief climate change comedy videos from five years of "good natured" bits.


  • Uniting from home: A virtual Citizens' Climate Education/Citizens' Climate Lobby event will  be held online, 1-4 p.m.


  • April 16-26: EarthX2020 includes virtual conferences, events and a film festival in partnership with National Geographic.


A message from the Dayton Climate Strike organizers

Dear Faculty, Staff, Students, and Dayton Community Members,

We are reaching out on behalf of students joining communities across the world in solidarity and action this Earth Day in a virtual climate strike. From Wednesday, April 22 to Friday April 24, there will be a 72-hour virtual climate strike.

Additionally, at noon Wednesday, April 22, UD students, staff, and Dayton community members will be rallying virtually to pledge commitment to action, share stories of the Climate Crisis, and answer your questions about how we can still create change during uncertain times. The link for the local virtual climate strike is here.

Recognizing the efforts and commitments made by the University around the Climate Crisis, we see this event as a way to build upon the past work of the University and as a way to participate in the global work of demanding a sustainable future for all.

We do not expect you to commit to 72-hours of content, but we want to encourage you to build your own Earth Day to demonstrate that we can all still be agents of change. No one has too small of a role to play as we address the Climate Crisis. 

We understand the mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual turmoil the pandemic is creating. We hope that building your own Earth Day enables people to remain engaged in the climate crisis without compromising their health or needs. Thank you for your consideration and we hope to see you in support of the Virtual Global Climate Strike. If you have any questions feel free to reach out.

We look forward to your action,

The Dayton Climate Strike Organizers

Sunrise Dayton, the Hanley Sustainability Institute, the Human Rights Center, UD's Sustainability Club and the Student Sustainability Leadership Council invite all concerned citizens to take part in the virtual Stander Symposium and check out other Earth Day activities.