From our biggest cities to our most remote communities, we all rely on our oceans — and they are under threat like never before.
Whether it’s from overfishing, pollution or climate change, species and habitats are threatened by human action.
Across the globe, incredible individuals and groups are working to reverse the damage. On November 3, 2022, CNN’s second annual Call to Earth Day, Living Oceans: Turning The Tide, will celebrate these people while inspiring positive change.
Your participation is key to a successful Call to Earth Day, and we’re grateful you’re keen to be involved. Planning an event can be daunting, so here are our top tips on how to embark on your Call to Earth Day preparations.
Identify your goals
Whether you live on the coast and have firsthand experience of the dangers to marine environments, or whether you can effect change at the source by cleaning up lakes and rivers, you can help us to protect our Living Oceans.
To get started it’s important to figure out what you hope to achieve with your event. It could focus on reducing plastic pollution, tackling overfishing, or a different ocean issue that is close to your heart.
Decide what to do
Decide which ocean issue you want to take action on and try to figure out how your group is uniquely positioned to help.
Your event could fall under one of these categories or it could be something else entirely:
If you need a little encouragement, you can use our Call to Earth Day activity prompts — they are particularly good for events involving younger children.
If you are still struggling to figure out what to do, we’re here to help. Drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and one of the team will be in touch to help you craft your event.
Register your event
Once you have a plan, the next step is to let us know what your event will be. You can register your Call to Earth Day event below.
Spread the word
Now you need to let your network know what you’re doing, and when, where, and why your event is taking place. (We find emails, social media, and word of mouth are a little better for the planet than posters.)
When the day comes, make sure to let the world know about your event. Please be sure to take pictures and videos of what you get up to and post them on social media.
Please use the hashtag #CallToEarth or #CallToEarthDay so we can find the posts and potentially feature them in our coverage of the day.
If you want to make beautiful videos of your event, you can download special Call to Earth music to put in the background below. If you use music that we don’t own then we sadly won’t be able to share your videos!
We all have a role to play in helping to protect our Living Oceans, thank you for playing yours!