National Geographic kicks off Earth Day 2018 with Symphony for Our World, an artistic celebration of planet Earth that pairs breathtaking wildlife footage with an original musical composition. Broadcast event on Nat Geo WILD accompanies global live tour beginning in San Francisco on April 22
Documentary about the National Geographic Society’s Okavango Wilderness Project will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on Earth Day
National Geographic Kids magazine “Save the Earth” special April issue provides readers with background on environmental issues and tips on how they can help protect the planet
NationalGeographic.com’s online Earth Day hub provides readers with participation tips and historical perspective since the first Earth Day in 1970
Purchase breathtaking, signed images by National Geographic photographers at the second annual flash sale
WASHINGTON (April 19, 2018)— For 130 years, National Geographic’s iconic yellow border has offered a portal to explore the farthest reaches of the Earth and beyond. Earth Day, April 22, 2018, marks the 48th anniversary of the birth of this environmental movement- an effort that National Geographic has given voice to through groundbreaking storytelling from the best scientists, photographers, explorers and filmmakers in the world. This year, National Geographic will be celebrating Earth Day in a number of ways:
- ‘Symphony for Our World’ broadcast event: A musical event that combines stunning natural history footage with an original symphony and theme composed by Bleeding Fingers Music, featuring composers Austin Fray and Andrew Christie, and a special musical collaboration with X Ambassadors. The five-part arrangement – broken down by sea, shore, land, mountains and sky – brings audiences from the depths of the sea, up to coastlines, over mountains, and into the sky. ‘Symphony for Our World’ will premiere on television as a one-hour commercial-free event on Earth Day at 7/6c on Nat Geo WILD. Click here to view trailer.
- ‘Symphony for Our World’ global live tour: National Geographic will feature the original music created for the ‘Symphony for Our World’ broadcast special in a live, global orchestral tour kicking off on Earth Day at San Francisco’s Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall. The global live tour features narration by Tony- and Grammy-award winner Daveed Diggs as well as JooWan Kim of Ensemble Mik Nawooj. On Earth Day weekend, enter the code EARTHDAY at checkout to receive 10 percent off tickets. This sale will run from Friday, April 20 at 10 a.m. local time until Monday, April 23 at 11:59 p.m. For performance dates and ticket information, visit natgeo-symphony.com.
- Images and video from the National Geographic Photo Ark will be featured in the ‘Symphony for Our World’ events to raise awareness of and find solutions to some of the most pressing issues affecting wildlife and their habitats. Founded by National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore, the Photo Ark aims to document every species currently living in the world’s zoos and wildlife sanctuaries, inspire action thorugh education, and help save wildlife by supporting on-the-ground conservation efforts. Viewers can learn more at org and join the conversation on social media with the hashtag #SaveTogether.
- National Geographic’s “Into the Okavango”premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 22, at 5:00p.m. ET. The film chronicles National Geographic Fellow Dr. Steve Boyes and an international team of modern-day explorers on their first, epic four-month, 1,500-mile expedition across three countries to save the river system that feeds the Okavango Delta, one of our planet’s last wetland wildernesses. Directed by Neil Gelinas and showcasing the National Geographic Society’s Okavango Wilderness Project, the film draws the world’s attention not only to the Okavango River Basin, one of the most important areas for biodiversity conservation, but to the little-known and vulnerable wilderness area in the Angolan highlands on which it depends.
- The “Save the Earth” special April issue of National Geographic Kids magazine empowers young readers to protect the planet, tackle climate change, biodiversity, pollution and habitat destruction. The issue provides kids with scientific background on some of the most pressing environmental issues and encourages them to go further with innovative tips on how they can individually help save the Earth.
- NationalGeographic.com will be sharing focused digital content around Earth Day instructing readers on how to participate, explaining the largest environmental issues the world faced on its first Earth Day in 1970, and providing a list of 48 things that have changed since then. Please visit our Earth Day hub online for this content and more. Additionally, National Geographic Travel will host a discussion about ways to be a more eco-friendly traveler on its Facebook page starting at 11 a.m. ET.
- National Geographic Creative flash sale, from 9:00 a.m. ET, April 20, to midnight April 28, sells prints by National Geographic photographers that pay homage to the Earth. The photos will be available to buy as signed, 8” X 10” unframed prints, priced at $100 each.
One of National Geographic’s core goals is to ignite the explorer in all people, and to further help them understand the world around them. To explore Earth Day-focused content further and see how you can help protect the planet, please visit https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/earth-day-stories.
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