News > Event



#EarthOptimism movement

April 22, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Since 2017, it is also the day it is cellebrate the #EarthOptimism. Co-founded by the Smithsonian Conservation Commons (USA) and Cambridge Conservation Initiative (United Kindgom), o #EarthO Earth Optimism celebrates a change in focus from problem to solution, from a sense of loss to one of hope, in the dialogue about conservation and sustainability.

In the last year, the # EarthOptimism movement has gained momentum. Through sharing and learning from conservation wins, it has given us the inspiration and information we need to succeed in the long term.

This year will be marked by the first #EarthOptimism conference held in Brazil. Organised by IIS, it was planned to take place in the Museum of Tomorrow, featuring talks and presentations of inspirational conservation projects and initiatives from the state of Rio de Janeiro.

Although we are no longer able to hold physical events in April this year, global partners are working hard to find new ways to recognize and celebrate environmental successes as motivation for action. The Smithsonian is hosting virtual #EarthOptimism events  to mark the occasion. Many others will join the Earth Day Network’s digital gatherings in the USA, Kenya, and elsewhere. would like to invite you to take part and join us on social media by following #EarthOptimism.

ovo caminho a seguir.

The Earth Optimism global alliance partners are still planning to put on physical events in the future – featuring talks by conservation experts, popular figures and youth leaders, panel discussions, hands-on advice sessions, and film festivals – as soon as is practically possible. While we are all immensely disappointed that we cannot come together in person this year, we look forward to connecting digitally and re-grouping in 2021. Together we will focus on the positive as a reminder of our responsibility and ability to help bring about nature’s recovery.


Global alliance members:


Nancy Knowlton, Ruth Stolk, Andrea Santy, and Britta Garfield, Smithsonian Conservation Commons, Washington, DC, USA.

Andrew Balmford, Rosie Trevelyan, and Mike Rands, Cambridge Conservation Initiative, Cambridge, UK.

Olivia Adhiambo and Anthony Kuria, Tropical Biology Association, Nairobi, Kenya.

Agnieszka Latawiec, Bernardo Strassburg and team, Internacional Institute for Sustainability, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Lu Zhi, Chen Feng, Xiangying Shi, Shanshui Conservation Centre, Beijing, China.

Vanessa Adams, Justine O’Brien, and Belinda Fairbrother, Society for Conservation Biology Oceania and Taronga Conservation Society, Sydney, Australia