Performers line up for Earth Day’s 40th anniversary

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Sting, John Legend and The Roots will perform at The Climate Rally in Washington, DC and Avatar director James Cameron will speak alongside environmental leaders and politicians such as US Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, on April 25, noon-7 pm, at the National Mall, where the first Earth Day launched in 1970.

Olympic athletes, green leaders, and celebrities will participate in countless activities kicking off the environmental events over the weekend of April 17-18 and concluding with The Climate Rally.

Eco-village exhibits will be set up April 17-25 to provide environmental information. Tree plantings, community clean-ups, and rallies across the world expect to bring an estimated billion people together to take action against climate change for the anniversary.

Besides the DC rally, Earth Day Network, the organizers, will stage events in New York City, Rabat, Morocco, Kolkata, India, Buenos Aires, Argentina and Tokyo, Japan.
"We are at a pivotal moment in history," Denis Hayes, Earth Day 2010 Chair has said.

"Climate change has put our planet in greater peril than ever, but it also provides us with a great opportunity to build a green economy and a healthy world for ourselves and for our children."

A Global Day of Conversation with more than 200 mayors and elected officials in more than 39 countries will discuss and exchange ideas on the issues of climate change. New York City and Las Vegas mayors join the dialogues.

The Kingdom of Morocco will shape a National Charter for Environment and Sustainable Development on Earth Day, a first of its kind for African and Arabic countries. The charter will guide policy and future laws on natural resources, and sustainability. Seal joins Hoba Hoba Spirit, Najat Atabou and other Moroccan artists composing a song to be performed at the Earth Day event in Rabat on April 24.

The Creating Climate Wealth Conference will include hundreds of entrepreneurs discussing innovative business solutions to climate change in DC, April 20-22. Earth Day Network and Carbon War Room will partner to present this summit of corporate leaders, financial partners, government and non-profits together.