Earth Day Eve Celebration with National Geographic

Image courtesy of National Geographic

National Geographic is inviting the world to kick off Earth Day 2021 with a star-studded Earth Day eve Celebration, and let me tell you it’s sure to be out of this world.

The event features musical performances by Angelique Kidjo, Aurora, Jose Gonzalez, Maggie Rogers, My Morning Jacket, Rostam, Valerie June, WILLIE NELSON, Yo-Yo Ma and Ziggy Marley!

Earth Day Eve Celebration with National Geographic

When: Wednesday, April 21, at 8:30 p.m. EDT

Where: The concert will premiere exclusively on the National Geographic YouTube channel and at

National Geographic’s Earth Day Eve virtual concert will be streaming Wednesday, April 21 at 8:30 p.m. EDT, and available exclusively on the National Geographic YouTube page or at

This fun virtual celebration is hosted by travel expert Jessica Nabongo and features world-renowned ethologist and conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall (so you know it’s going to be good).

This year, National Geographic will offer multiple ways for people to celebrate Earth Day with a lineup of activities that will meet people wherever they are, kicking off with an Earth Day Eve virtual celebration. The lineup of musical artists from places of importance to them around the world and appearances by National Geographic Explorers will take viewers on a virtual journey when it’s needed most. Hosted by travel expert Jessica Nabongo, Nat Geo’s Earth Day Eve 2021 will feature performances from Angélique Kidjo, AURORA, José González, Maggie Rogers, Rostam, Valerie June, Willie Nelson, Yo-Yo Ma and Ziggy Marley, as well as a world premiere new music video from My Morning Jacket.

As viewers join in the musical event remotely from around the world, they will be introduced to extraordinary National Geographic Explorers, including world-renowned ethologist and conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall, carnivore ecologist Dr. Rae Wynn Grant, environmental journalist Lillygol Sedaghat and biologist Dr. Lucy Hawkes. A highlight of the event will include National Geographic Explorer and photographer Brian Skerry, one of the world’s leading marine photographers, as he previews the new four-part Disney+ original series, Secrets of the Whales, from Academy Award®-winning filmmaker and National Geographic Explorer at Large James Cameron. Narrated by award-winning actress and conservationist Sigourney Weaver, the series from National Geographic takes viewers deep within the epicenter of whale culture to experience the extraordinary communication skills and intricate social structures of whales. The series will anchor National Geographic’s activities on Earth Day and becomes available on Disney+ at 12 p.m. PDT on April 22.

The event will also include a number of exciting announcements and be followed by a virtual afterparty on the new National Geographic TikTok account at 10pm EDT. In National Geographics first-ever TikTok Live, viewers will be invited to drop by to hear Jayda G. spin an original set accompanied by stunning visuals from the new Disney+ series, “Earth Moods.” In the meantime, National Geographic has published a newly created Spotify playlist that’s the perfect soundtrack for Earth Month.

“For over 133 years, National Geographic has strived to inspire people to care more deeply for the planet. This Earth Day, we hope to provide that inspiration with a one-of-a-kind celebration that invites audiences everywhere to unite around the power of music,” said National Geographic Chairman Gary Knell. “Our Earth Day Eve event — virtual and accessible to everyone — will showcase environmentally passionate artists from around the world together with some of National Geographic’s most extraordinary Explorers. From AURORA’s forest performance in Bergen, Norway, to Jane Goodall’s greeting from her home in England, the celebration will give us even more of a reason to fall in love with the place we all call home — and empower us to act to protect it.”

Who is performing at National Geographic’s Earth Day Eve?

Angélique Kidjo
José González
Maggie Rogers
My Morning Jacket
Valerie June
Willie Nelson
Yo-Yo Ma
Ziggy Marley

Hosted by Jessica Nabongo, travel writer, entrepreneur and the first documented Black woman to have traveled to every country in the world.

Event art by Cachetejack, whose colorful illustrations and playful style perfectly bring the music of National Geographic’s Earth Day Eve 2021 to life. Nuria Bellver and Raquel Fanjul of Cachetejack are a Spanish freelance illustration duo working together since 2011 to bring an irreverent and playful style to their work that honors their ancestors.

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