Call to Earth Day: Taking action to protect the planet

Updated 6:01 p.m. ET, November 10, 2021
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5:51 p.m. ET, November 10, 2021

Children are the “future stewards of planet Earth”

In Monrovia, California, Santa Fe Computer Science Magnet School's principal Geoff Zamarripa wants his students to understand their connection and responsibility to the environment.

CNN’s Stephanie Elam reports on how students there are getting involved to protect the planet on Call to Earth Day.

5:27 p.m. ET, November 10, 2021

Protecting the world's underwater gardens

Coral reefs are crucial to our oceans, but with warmer waters, they are at risk of disappearing. As part of Call to Earth Day, Coral Gardeners -- a group that began on an island in French Polynesia back in 2017 -- is raising awareness about the protection of coral reefs.

By working with scientists, engineers and advocates to stop the degradation, the group grows super corals and replants them to rebuild and restore coral reefs around the world.

5:01 p.m. ET, November 10, 2021

Putting chalk to pavement for a greener planet

In College Park, Maryland, these university students are drawing their way to a cleaner future by illustrating their favorite ways to go green across campus -- including taking shorter showers and opting for reusable straws and bags.

4:38 p.m. ET, November 10, 2021

Reducing fashion’s massive carbon footprint

The fashion industry is one of the most polluting industries in the world. The Sustainable Fashion Community Center in New York City opened up this year with the aim of promoting more eco-friendly attire.

As part of Call to Earth Day, CNN’s Athena Jones reports from their sustainable fashion show in Harlem.

And don't forget to share how you're participating today, using #CallToEarth.

4:18 p.m. ET, November 10, 2021

Eating away at the plastic waste problem

Rolex Laureate Miranda Wang is giving plastic trash a new life through her upcycling company Novoloop, which uses a soil-based bacteria capable of breaking down plastic for reuse.

She spoke with CNN's Richard Quest about how we can solve one of today's largest environmental problems.

Call to Earth is a CNN initiative in partnership with Rolex.

4:02 p.m. ET, November 10, 2021

Painting hopes of a better future for the climate

In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, these high school students painted a mural celebrating Call to Earth Day, while also paying tribute to a local artist who dedicated his work to climate activism.

In Los Angeles, California, middle school students also painted a mural that advocates for the need to conserve water.

And in Querétaro, Mexico, students created a mural as a reminder of the natural beauty around them. The students who participated were excited to create their art and celebrate the environment on Call to Earth Day.

3:44 p.m. ET, November 10, 2021

This man is working to clean up "ghost nets" in Hong Kong

It's a big problem haunting our seas, yet there's a good chance you've never heard of it. Called "ghost gear" or "ghost nets," these abandoned pieces of equipment are a serious threat to marine life.

In Hong Kong, meet a retired businessman and diving enthusiast trying to clean up the water -- one net at a time.

Read more about Hong Kong's "ghost net hunter" here.

3:27 p.m. ET, November 10, 2021

"The ocean is our largest carbon sink," says environmentalist Philippe Cousteau

Environmental activist Philippe Cousteau, grandson of famed oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, has set a goal to protect 30% of the ocean by 2030 through his conservation organization, EarthEcho.

Cousteau, along with EarthEcho's Youth Leadership Council Member, Armon Alex, told CNN’s Hala Gorani how the non-profit is empowering the next generation to restore the ocean.

3:14 p.m. ET, November 10, 2021

Students perform "The Story of a Plastic Water Bottle"

In Zimbabwe, these students wrote and performed a short show called "The Story of a Plastic Water Bottle." They hope the story will have a happy ending if people can continue to reduce, reuse and recycle together.