EARTH DAY 2021 BOSTON

April 22, 2021
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One week to go!

Thank you to everyone who has helped us get the word out and plan Earth Day Boston 2021.  I am looking forward to coming together to call for climate justice. Please check out our video above and share widely. I think it captures the energy we are trying to create and the action that we need to take. I am also exited to announce that we been able to add to our program Neo Gcabo, a Boston-based, South African R&B and Jazz performer as well as Jennie Stephens, a Northeastern Professor and expert on the intersectionality of the climate crisis.

As much as I am excited to share this event with you, I’m also keenly aware that our society is hurting from the police shooting of Daunte Wright and the continuing effects of COVID.  I hope that our event will help us all heal from the pain, but in particular, put a spotlight on what we need to do to transform our society towards a more just and fair system. Those who face the twin stings of hatred and institutional indifference must be heard. Check out this link for ideas about how you can take steps for racial justice.

Finally, check out the many climate events in the next 7 days and join us this Saturday at 10 am, our last meeting before Earth Day. Help us spread the word about Earth Day using our publicity materials.  Email here for more information.

Sincerely,

Michael Kozuch

Earth Day is Just Two Weeks Away and Boston City Council President Matt O’Malley added to the Program

Dear Earth Day Supporters,


I don’t know about you but I am swinging between hope and concern as I see what’s happening around us.  Hope that vaccines are being rolled out more quickly but concern that COVID cases are rising in Massachusetts and around the country.  Hope because Massachusetts has an updated climate bill that puts us on a path to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and that the Biden Administration’s infrastructure bill makes climate change a central part of the plan. However, I remain concerned that these changes aren’t happening fast enough.  


This is where Earth Day Boston 2021 comes in.  We must keep pushing for anti-racist, enforceable, science-based approaches to tackling the climate crisis.  You can help us by spreading the word about our event on April 22nd and donating to support it. Please post on your social media accounts and email your friends. Feel free to use our publicity kit here which includes a poster and “Instagram ready” post. 


Finally, we are excited to announce that Boston City Council President, Matt O’Malley will be speaking in addition to all the other wonderful speakers and performers.  Join us this Saturday for our penultimate planning meeting from 10 am – 11 am.  Email us for the Zoom link. I hope to see you soon!


Sincerely,
 
Michael Kozuch

Less than a month!

We are excited to announce that our program is nearly complete and we are less than a month away from Earth Day Boston 2021. Please check out our events page for more information or our Facebook Page for a preview of our speakers and performers.

Please join us this Saturday at 10 am for our planning meeting to help us finalize the program and do outreach. Please email earthday2020boston@gmail.com for the Zoom link.

If you can’t join us, please donate to help us pay our performers and support climate action.

I look forward to seeing you!

Michael

Thank you!

Thank you so much for your participation in Boston’s 50th anniversary of Earth Day. We’ve had over 4,100 views and reached over 18,000 people with our message. This was a huge success, especially considering that we had to retool the event in less than a month. If you haven’t had a chance to check out our Facebook Live event, you can still do so here. Both the first and second half are now available to view on our Facebook Page. There has also been some great coverage, including MTA today, Cape Cod Times and the Newton Tab. The international Earth Day events had over 8.5 million views. For a full recap, check out this link from the Earth Day network.

I hope you were inspired to act during last week’s Earth Day activities. The lessons of COVID-19 pandemic are clearly applicable to the climate change crisis:

  • we must listen to the scientists
  • people’s lives are in danger and we must act swiftly to protect them – there is no time to wait
  • those with underlying vulnerabilities, particularly communities of color will be hit the hardest.

We can seize this moment to build a more just society. If you haven’t made a call to your state and federal representatives, there is still time. In fact, they should regularly hear from people who understand how important it is to act to stop climate change. Let’s make sure that climate change is on their minds when any COVID-19 related stimulus programs are developed.

As we wind Earth Day 2020 Boston down, make sure that you are connected to our many co-sponsors that are doing such great work in and around Boston. These organizations will help you keep up the fight for climate justice.

Thank you for helping us create this historic event for Boston and beyond. I treasure the faith you put in me and our team.

Sincerely,

Michael Kozuch
Earth Day 2020 Boston

A Visual to Share For Earth Day 2020 Boston

Hello Earth Day 2020 Boston Supporters –

I hope you had a wonderful weekend and if you celebrated Easter, you found a way to connect with family. Attached is our flyer for Earth Day 2020 Boston. Please share widely!

Thank you to all of our partners, volunteers and donors. Without you, we would not be ready to go live next Saturday. I can’t wait to see you!

Michael

Going Forward

Hello Earth Day Supporter-

First, I hope you are staying healthy and social distancing. We must get through this “together at home.” Second, happy Passover for those who are celebrating this week.

Please continue to post pictures of nature to help build anticipation for the Earth Day 2020 Boston online event on April 18th with the hashtags #earthday2020boston, #earthrise and #strikewithus. Seeing these beautiful pictures lifts my spirits and I’m sure yours as well.

I hope to see many of you on Thursday at 7 pm for our Zoom call. We will be decided on some budget items and finishing our plans to Earth Day. Please RSVP at earthday2020boston@gmail.com so I can send you the Zoom link.

All my best,

Michael

Councilor Michelle Wu, Sierra Club MA, $$$ and March 12th

Tabling with one of our co-sponsors at the Local Environmental Action conference at Northeastern University. On the right – Vernon K. Walker, Board Member

Hello friends of Earth Day,

This is a good news/bad news message. First the good news: we continue to gain momentum for a huge turnout on April 18th and throughout Earth Week in Boston. This week Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu agreed to speak and the MA Sierra Club, Speak for the Trees Boston and the Islamic Society of Boston joined us as a co-sponsors.

The bad news: we urgently need your financial support. We are not reaching our financial targets. Bills are coming due and without your support, we will not be able push for a just transition away from fossil fuels. Help us send a strong message ahead of the 2020 election that climate change must be a top priority. Please donate here. If you’ve already donated, we thank you and ask you, can you add $5, $10, $20 to your contribution? Help send a message to the climate denier-in-chief that we can’t deny science any longer. Our future is at stake.

Speaking of science – Earth Day 2020 Boston and the March for Science Boston are joining forces! We stand with scientists in calling for climate action. As Greta Thunberg and the youth climate strikers have been saying – “we must listen to the scientists!” We look forward to organizing with them.

If you want to help us spread this message, there are two opportunities – this Thursday, March 12th at 5:30 pm and next Tuesday, March 17th at 5:30 pm at the Church of the Covenant to plan the 50th anniversary of Earth Day kick-off event. See you there.

Sincerely,

Michael

P.S. If you are wondering how the new Coronavirus will impact Earth Day events, we are too. We are monitoring the situation and will make plans accordingly.

Senator Markey, Sponsorships and Spring!

Dear Supporters,

I’m writing with some thrilling news about our most recently confirmed Earth Day speakers and sponsors, and with an urgent request for your help in raising the funds we need to pull off this event.

We are excited to announce that Senator Ed Markey will be one of our keynote speakers for the April 18th kick-off rally! Senator Markey is the Chair of US Senate Climate Change Task Force and chief sponsor of the Green New Deal in the Senate. He has been a leader on the environment for almost 40 years and we are exciting to hear his inspirational message for the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day.

We are also excited to announce that the American Federation of Teachers (MA) has endorsed our effort. That means we have the support of all public school teachers unions in the state. If you are a teacher and haven’t signed up to participate in stopping climate change, make sure you visit our “Take Action” page here to find out how.

At our last meeting, we endorsed business sponsorships because of our increased costs and short fall in our individual donations. We still need to raise $13,000 to make this event viable. Will you help us? Here is how:

  1. Make a direct donation or start your own donation page by clicking here.
  2. Help us find business partnerships willing sponsor the event. There are three levels of sponsorship:
  • Premier @ $10,000 for naming rights to the stage.
  • Sponsor @ $5,000 for a full page ad in the program
  • Co-sponsor @ $2,000 for 1/2 page ad in the program
  • Supporter @ $1,000 for a 1/4 page ad in the program

All of the above comes with exhibitor space at the event. Below is an example of the advertising available for the Premier-level sponsorship.

For business partnerships we are looking for businesses that:

  • Have a record of sustainability
  • Are not fossil fuels companies
  • Their mission and guidelines support sustainability
  • Support our agenda of stopping climate change
  • Support diversity and racial, economic and environmental justice.

If you know of a business that would be good for our event, please be in touch at earthday2020boston@gmail.com.

We hope you will join us as we continue to raise the alarm about climate change and seek to move forward with the agenda of frontline, faith and youth communities at the center of our efforts.

We have two meetings in March – on the 12th (Thursday) and 17th (Tuesday) to help us prepare for April. Both meetings are at 5:30 pm. Please let me know which you can attend.

Michael

P.S. The Massachusetts Presidential Primary is this Tuesday, March 3rd. Make sure you are educated about who will be a climate leader and vote!