Call to Earth Day: Taking action to protect the planet

Updated 6:01 p.m. ET, November 10, 2021
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2:57 p.m. ET, November 10, 2021

This is what Call to Earth Day looks like around the world

All across the globe, students, organizations and individuals have been making the first-ever Call to Earth Day a huge success. Here are some more highlights from the day so far!

2:26 p.m. ET, November 10, 2021

Never too young to save the planet

CNN's Becky Anderson spoke to students from Brighton College Dubai about how they are making eco-friendly choices in the classroom.

2:09 p.m. ET, November 10, 2021

Growing grapes without irrigation is hard -- but this South African winemaker is doing it anyway

In Paarl, South Africa, organic winemaker Tyrrel Myburgh farms grapes in the Western Cape without modern, artificial irrigation. In drought-prone South Africa, where water can be scarce, using only rainwater to water drought-resistant grapevines is a radical step, as is allowing "a bit of a jungle" to grow among the vines, which are pruned and fertilized by free-roaming sheep.

CNN's David McKenzie visited the Joostenberg Winery, which has been producing wine for hundreds of years in the Western Cape, to see how it's going back to basics to meet the climate challenges of the future.

1:54 p.m. ET, November 10, 2021

This conservationist wants to protect a rare bird in Rwanda

In Rwanda, gray crowned cranes were almost wiped out a decade ago. Captured as chicks and kept as status symbol pets in the gardens of hotels and private homes, by 2012, only around 300 remained in the wild.

But the species has undergone a remarkable recovery in the country thanks to local vet and conservationist Olivier Nsengimana. "I told myself someone has got to do something about it," he says. "Someone has got to make a change."

For Call to Earth Day, Rolex Awards Laureate Nsengimana tells us he wants to end the illegal trade in the rare bird.

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

1:35 p.m. ET, November 10, 2021

Planting fruit trees for a cleaner, tastier Earth

The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation is a global non-profit dedicated to planting trees for a "greener, cleaner, and healthier planet."

Their mission is to plant 18 billion fruit trees across the world to help spread vital edible eco-diversity. As part of Call to Earth Day, the group is planting trees across four continents.

1:16 p.m. ET, November 10, 2021

Hands up: Students in Seychelles pledge to reduce their carbon footprint

Students at the University of Seychelles raise their hands and recite a pledge to protect the planet, including a promise to use more green energy.

12:58 p.m. ET, November 10, 2021

Is compost the future of agriculture?

One-third of the food we produce ends up as waste, according to the UN's FAO. One waste-management startup in Lebanon saw this predicament as an opportunity to repurpose the country’s biowaste into fertilizer.

CNN's Becky Anderson spoke to Marc Aoun, CEO of Compost Baladi, about the benefits of using compost to fuel the future of agriculture.

12:43 p.m. ET, November 10, 2021

This young climate activist used his own money to plant trees in Uganda

Nyombi Morris decided that instead of just talking about climate change, he would be part of the solution. He has been buying seeds and native plants from community gardens and local gardeners, to begin reforesting his native Uganda, which has lost much of its forests over the last century.

This year, the 23-year-old has organized tree-planting events around the country, helping to plant over 7,000 trees. He has also worked with 13 schools to teach children about the dangers of damaging the environment. For Call to Earth Day, Morris and a group of volunteers planted 500 trees in the city of Jinja, in southern Uganda.