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Future Earth on Earth Day 2017

To commerate Earth Day 2017, which falls on Saturday, 22 April, Future Earth has assembled a series of resources. They cover the state of the planet in 2017, ways to get involved in Future Earth's work and opportunities to discuss how the sustainability community can navigate a politically challenging era.

Take a look at these resources below. And follow our Earth Day social media posts on Facebook and Twitter and tag us in your own using @FutureEarth.

Join the discussion


This Earth Day, Future Earth is hosting a discussion on the Open Network about how the sustainability community can advocate for evidence-based thinking and push back against "post-truth" politics.

Share your thoughts on three important questions:

  1. Should scientists take a more active role in advocating for evidence-based thinking in politics and society?
  2. What are the key ingredients needed to provide a fertile ground for scientists and non-scientists to better interact with one another in order to ensure that evidence-based thinking prevails in making political and social decisions?
  3. What resources do scientists need to be able to effectively advocate for evidence-based thinking and to form trust and build strong relationships with a range of communities at the local or national level?

Open to scientists and non-scientists. Take part in the conversation…

State of the Planet 2017

This year for Earth Day, Future Earth takes stock of the state of the planet. We explore the major milestones that have shaped the world as Earth moves farther into the Anthropocene – the latest geologic epoch named for humanity's influence on the globe.

The video above captures the state of the planet in brief, and lays out what people must do to safeguard Earth's life support system.

To dive deeper, follow the slideshow below to learn about where human society and the planet's climate and environment stand today.

Future Earth statement on the March for Science


Marking Earth Day, thousands of people will march in cities ranging from Washington, DC, to Rio de Janeiro and Accra in defense of science. In a new statement, Future Earth gives backing to the "March for Science" movement. We also reiterate our support for scientists to conduct and communicate their research free from political interference.

Read the statement…

Get involved

There are a number of ways that scientists and non-scientists can get involved in Future Earth's activities.

First, you can join the Open Network powered by Future Earth. This free online platform provides a space for professionals in sustainability to come together and do the work needed to build transformations to a sustainable world.

You can also learn about and take part in Future Earth's Knowledge-Action Networks. They are research collaborations that bring together researchers and non-researchers to develop solutions around key challenges in sustainability. To learn more about these networks, find one that meets your interests and reach out to us by email or through the Open Network.

And don't forget to check out Future Earth's Global Research Projects. These projects generate important insights about the planet's land, atmosphere and oceans and about the history of its climate and people. Follow the links to learn more about these projects and how you can get involved in their work.

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