EarthX 2020 - Canada goes virtual for annual environmental event
April 22 marked the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and kicked off the annual EarthX Conference in Dallas, a massive three-day public expo that typically features a week-long series of events, film screenings and panels. However, like so many other large-scale public events scheduled for spring, everything was moved online due to COVID-19. Times of great challenge also bring opportunities for innovation. EarthX leveraged this virtual transition to expand its reach to year-round and worldwide engagements. The Consulate General in Dallas used the move to virtual as an opportunity to underscore Canada's leadership and commitment to environmental stewardship. Consul General Dr. Rachel McCormick appeared on a special EarthX Livestream on the 22nd to highlight a plan to transition to a clean-growth, net-zero economy by 2050, and two days later, as part of the Renewables Conference portion of the event, she gave a virtual presentation on Canadian innovation in Clean Energy and Carbon Capture.
Overall, 550,000 people in over 60 countries tuned in to the virtual 2020 EarthX. You can find out more about Canada’s overall participation here, which featured a number of high-profile Canadians, such as Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante.