Mar 28, 2013/04:01 PM

Celebrating Earth Day 2013

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Earth Day 2013 is fast approaching!

This global celebration on April 22nd is the perfect opportunity to join Generation Waking Up in taking a stand for our planet, its people, and future generations.

This year we’d like to invite you to honor and expand the message of Earth Day to be a day not only centered around environmental sustainability, but also social justice, human thriving, and all the ways in which the issues of our time are inextricably interrelated.

There are lots of ways for you to connect GenUp with Earth Day celebrations through your local Earth Day festivals and events, school, or club. Here are some great options:

1. Host or Facilitate a WakeUp

The WakeUp is a perfect fit for Earth Day festivals & events!

To facilitate a WakeUp yourself, you can download all the WakeUp resources, including the mutlimedia presentation, a facilitator guide, handouts & other materials. Feel free to contact us for questions or support.

To host a WakeUp at your school, club, or youth group, please fill out this GenUp Program Interest form or email and be connected to facilitators in your area.

2. Deliver a 1-hr Classroom Presentation

GenUp’s one-hour presentation is designed for the classroom setting, but is also perfect for conferences, events, or living room gatherings. It is short and easy to share with others, and is a great place to start even if you’ve never facilitated before.

Click to download: Keynote presentation | Agenda Template | Script coming soon!

3. Host a Film Night

Host a film screening this Earth Day at your home, on campus, or in your community. Here are 6 great films that show how people and planet are fundamentally interconnected:

Do the Math - Join for “Earth Night” on April 21st for a premiere showing of “Do the Math.” This 42 min film is an inspiring, beautiful, and fast-paced story that shows the power of a growing climate movement. Find out how you can attend or host a showing at:



Island President – a 2011 documentary film about the efforts of the then-Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed to tackle climate change.





Gasland – a 2010 documentary film by Josh Fox focusing on communities in the United States impacted by natural gas drilling and specifically, a method known as slickwater fracking.



Planet Earth – a 2006 BBB television series that takes a breathtaking and definitive look at the diversity of our planet.





The Economics of Happiness – a 2011 documentary film about the economics of happiness, localization, and systemic change.




Crude: The Real Price of Oil – a 2009 documentary film about an ongoing class-action lawsuit between the Chevron Corporation in 30,000 Ecuadorians living in the Amazonian rainforest.




Flow: For Love Of Water – a 2008 documentary film about the privatization of water infrastructure that prioritizes profits over the availability of clean water for people and the environment.

Screen one of these films, or any film that you’re inspired to. Combine a film screening with a potluck, discussion, or other community event. Have a documentary recommendation? Send your suggestions to

(Interested in offerings specifically for adults? Check out the Earth Day activities of our partnership organization the Pachamama Alliance.

Register your event here or email us ( for planning & design support.

We are excited to be building momentum together this Earth Day igniting awareness and action towards a thriving, just, sustainable world!


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