Earth Day Virtual Summit to Explore Our Planet's Determining Decade

Dr. Jane Goodall, Alexandra Cousteau, and Dolores Huerta, among many others, will discuss the fate of the planet and our path forward.

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Virtual Summit The gradient of colors in the fall in Northern California. Evergreens and deciduous plants create a beautiful gradient of color as the seasons change. © Sevag Mehterian/TNC Photo Contest 2018

The Nature Conservancy today announced the First Annual Earth Day Virtual Summit, to be held virtually across California and the globe on Wednesday, April 21, 2021. The Earth Day Virtual Summit will bring together environmental luminaries, policymakers, business leaders, and scientists working to protect and restore critical ecosystems, all ready to show how people can access the power of nature to change our planet’s trajectory.

With under a decade to head off the most devastating effects of climate change, this year's summit theme, Our Planet's Determining Decade: Facing the Facts, and Our Future, explores how conservationists are developing many of the nature-based solutions needed to overcome unprecedented global challenges. Explorer Alexandra Cousteau and The Nature Conservancy in California’s executive director Mike Sweeney will open the daylong summit with a conversation on meeting this existential crisis head on and making a difference.

"From tackling drought and severe wildfires to bringing species back from the brink of extinction, it’s up to us to meet the challenge of this decade and pair science with action to go bigger and move faster," said Sweeney. "We’re excited to have Dr. Jane Goodall, Alexandra Cousteau, leaders from The Nature Conservancy, and an array of voices join the Summit and build momentum towards landscape scale conservation.”

Summit attendees will have the opportunity to hear from accomplished leaders from different fields. Renowned community organizer Dolores Huerta will join former California governor Jerry Brown for a discussion on what they have learned at the forefront of social movements and political action protecting people and ecosystems. The Summit program will also focus on the major business and journalistic challenges our country faces as people rethink their relationship with nature.

To close out the Plenary Session, legendary scientist and conservationist Dr. Jane Goodalland The Nature Conservancy’s chief executive officer Jennifer Morris will share their visions for inspiring hope through action, encouraging individuals around the world to make a broader impact in their community and protect the planet we call home. 

“The climate crisis is an existential threat and human driven—we have a small window of time to work together to enact innovative actions to turn things around,” said Dr. Goodall. 

The Earth Day Virtual Summit is expected to bring together conservation organizations and participants from across the country to engage in meaningful conversations on the most effective approaches to address the dire consequences of climate change.

The 2021 Earth Day Virtual Summit is complimentary to attend. For more details on the program and to register, please visit:

Event hashtag: #TheDeterminingDecadeSummit

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 76 countries and territories—37 by direct conservation impact and 39 through partners—we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_press on Twitter.