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APR 23, 2022

Now or Never: Adding Urgency to Earth Day

Earth Day is an annual event on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First held on April 22, 1970, it now includes a wide range of events coordinated globally that include 1 billion people in more than 193 countries.

Our summit is inspired by this prescient and sobering quote from Greta Thunberg: “I want you to act as if your house is on fire, because your house is on fire.”

Moving beyond ‘knowledge-sharing’ around climate change, the summit hones in on the concrete actions we must take to prepare for and improve on the current reality of a world that is on fire.

Expert speakers discuss emerging solutions, from sustainable industry to transportation reinventions to food production, providing inspiration for participants to take action on local levels to both mitigate and respond to our changing planet.


Sustainable Development Goals of the summit

An invitation from our Director of Programs, Mason Hults

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summit speaker

Stephen Ritz

Stephen Ritz is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning educator, author of best-selling book, The Power Of A Plant and Founder of Green Bronx Machine. Known as America’s favorite teacher, Stephen is responsible for creating the first edible classroom in the world. He and his students have grown more than 100,000 pounds of vegetables in the South Bronx, have been celebrated at the Obama White House three times, have been featured on the cover of TIME for KIDS and are the subject of a new, full-feature documentary, Generation Growth. Stephen was just awarded the 2020 Change-Maker Award by NYC Food Policy Center for his work, advocacy and impact in public schools across NYC and America.

Essential Questions

  • What can we do now to create a better future? 
  • What does it mean to be ‘sustainable’? 
  • What responsibilities do citizens/countries owe to each other?

in 2020-2021, we brought together

educators and students
Schools and organizations
logging in from
countries around the world

What Have students said about their experience?

Gregory Wu, P. Exeter Academy

Program Rating: 10

“I really enjoyed this program and thought that I got a lot out of it. The amount of experts that the Envoys program was able to pull and make available for us to ask questions was impressive and was definitely my favorite part of the program.”

Akira Bunge, Heights High School (HISD Abroad)

Program Rating: 9

“My favorite part was getting to meet and befriend new people from around the world, which is especially hard right now.”

Anonymous, Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart

Program Rating: 10

“I liked being able to listen to people who make solving the SDGs their life's work. Not only was it interesting, but they offered valuable insights which I think most people enjoyed.”

Douae Farchakhi, Omar El Khiyam

Program Rating: 10

[What was the best part of this program?] “Meeting new people from different backgrounds, making real relationships and understanding each other face to face despite what we see on social media, news...and avoiding stereotypes .”

Ikrame Rekabi, Moulay Youssef High School

Program Rating: 10

[What was the best part of this program?] “The different points of view and opinions about many topics, which make the discussion more interesting” -- Program Rating: 10

Lourdes Russell, Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart

Program Rating: 10

“The best part of this program was the ability to learn about other cultures (even those within my country) while simultaneously learning about global issues that need to change.”

Mia Christine Timban, Detroit Country Day School

Program Rating: 8

“I loved being able to interact and collaborate with people all around the world. I really liked learning about other people’s cultures, and I loved how even though we all came from different backgrounds, we were able to come together and work on something we were all passionate about. Some of my favorite parts of the virtual exchange was when we went into breakout rooms and got to know each other through different activities.”

Dominic Williams, George Walton Academy

Program Rating: 10

“It's an amazing program and has amazing qualities. I believe that the best part of this program is not only that you are able to learn more and talk about the important issues occurring in today's world, but also that you are able to meet such amazing people and make new friends.”

Anonymous, The Hotchkiss School

Program Rating: 7

[What was the best part of this program?] “The best part was how it forced me to think outside of my experiences, of issues faced by people in other communities in the U.S. and around the world.”

Anonymous, Scarsdale High

Program Rating: 10

[What was the best part of this program?] “Watching the students take leadership roles and learn about each other's lives. I liked the final project- giving options for student ownership, also letting them choose the SDG and getting appropriate speakers”


Saturday, April 23rd, 2022

  • 12:00PM to 12:15 PM (ET): Introductions and Summit Overview
  • 12:15PM to 1:10PM (ET): Opening Keynote
  • 1:00PM to 1:50PM (ET): Team Introductions: Assembling for Collaborative Work, Summit-Specific Meaning Building Activity
  • 1:50PM to 2:20PM (ET): Break
  • 2:20PM to 3:00PM (ET): Speaker Rotations
  • 3:00PM to 4:15PM (ET): Debriefs and Collaborative Project Work
  • 4:15PM to 4:45PM (ET): Project Presentations
  • 4:45PM to 5:00PM (ET): Closing and Pledge Wall

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