Welcome, Earth Day: 50th (Virtual) Anniversary Celebration Brings People Together — Join Us!
Nature’s always taken care of us. Especially in the age of COVID-19, we need to find a way to take care of nature. Spread the word about Earth Day 2020, the three-day virtual love-in, and join in the fight, as we flood the world with messages of hope, love, courage, and above all, action.
For the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, environmentalists, thought leaders, activists, performing artists, and You, World Citizen, are invited to a three-day livestream mobilization event to celebrate, learn, and grow the movement.
All sorts of topics will take place, virtually, from minimizing your carbon footprint, the Green New Deal, and “Indigenous Leaders on the Frontlines of Fossil Fuel Resistance,” to the link between COVID-19 and climate change, “Big banks, the Gwich’in Nation, and the fight to protect the Arctic Refuge,” and “Women on the Frontlines of the Climate and COVID-19 Crises: Struggles and Solutions.”
WELCOME Magazine joins in the Earth Day celebrations by honoring small businesses, small farmers, creatives, and our own thought leaders (Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers, “Shared Vision for Conservation and Prosperity”), native tribes (“Water is Life,” “Walking with the Ancestors”), non-profit conservation organizations (Forterra, “Skykomish Valley to the Salish Sea”), and readers for doing their part for the cause.
For the rest of this month, we’ll feature inspiring stories about the people making this world a better, environmentally-friendly place to live, starting with the fisherman who gave up fishing out of a greater concern for fish. Somers advocated for the Tulalip Tribes as a fisheries biologist, and soon found himself as a great mediator for a great number of seemingly disparate groups, fighting for their piece of land.
Contributing writer Ellen Hiatt talked to Somers, and those who’ve worked with him, including Forterra’s Senior Director of Policy Nicholas Bratton, for the spring/summer 2020 issue. She’ll have an update coming soon.
Readers with favorite nature spots throughout Snohomish County and neat ideas to reduce carbon footprint can also get involved. Send us your photos and tips. We’ll publish one a day.