To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, Earth Day Network and more than 500 street artists are executing a worldwide protest, #EarthDay2020Halt, showcasing their projects created in secret over the last sixth months in honor of Earth Day.
It started on Earth Day (April 22) in New Zealand at 9 am NZT, including a selection of artists such as WRDSMTH (U.S.), Yulier(Cuba), and Shamisa Hassani(Afganistan).
These urban artists range from established to emerging—graffiti writers, street artists, and muralists of all generations coming together around climate change, the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and other environmental issues.
The art and location of each piece can be seen in an interactive map on www.earthday.org. The project was led and curated by Meg Zany.
Watch artists create their work for this day:
LA-based street artist MegZany specializes in stencil art and representing the struggles women face on the daily like the gender wage gap, fight for equal rights and reproductive choice. Her philanthropic causes including supporting LA’s PS Arts and the Downtown Women’s Center on SkidRow. She’s also the official Art Curator of LA’s Fame Yard and the Arsenic Gallery.
Fifty years ago, millions of protesters hit the streets to take a stand with a common goal: to protect the Earth in what was the start of the modern environmental movement. For five decades, each year on April 22 people spent this quasi-holiday to raise awareness about environmental issues.
Crisis like the coronavirus pandemic shows how important earth and the consequences when leaders ignore hard science and delayed critical actions.
Every year on April 22, people collect garbage, plant trees, clean up coral reefs, show movies, sign petitions, and plan for a better future for our planet. This year, as we face an unprecedented pandemic, art has the power to reach people personally, establishing a deeper understanding and emotional connection with what is happening to our planet.
Earth Day Network, the largest stealth global art activation in the world with more than 500 artists in 100 countries, is the stage for artists in all formats, ages, and backgrounds to have their work exhibited for the Earth.
As climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world habitable, Earth Day should be far more than a day. Learn how to get involved at earthday.org
#EarthDay2020Halt: 500 street artists execute a worldwide protest