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Disney Planet Possible: Sharing the Actions We’re Taking to Protect the Planet

Dr. Mark Penning

by , Vice President, Animals, Science and Environment, Disney Parks

For nearly a century, we at Disney have found inspiration in the wonders of the world we share, and have taken action to support a healthier planet for people and wildlife around the globe. That includes reducing our environmental footprint, caring for wildlife and their habitats, and creating stories that inspire action. We call these collective efforts, Disney Planet Possible — tangible actions we’re taking to put possibility into practice and inspire optimism for a brighter, more sustainable future.

We’ll be celebrating the spirit of Disney Planet Possible throughout the month of April, highlighting our commitments and actions while also sharing stories of how others are making a difference too. And we invite you to join us. 

Picture What’s Possible

Throughout Earth Month, help us picture what’s possible by sharing images of what gives you hope for our planet’s future with the hashtag #DisneyPlanetPossible

Learn about our Commitments to Environmental Sustainability, Conservation and Explore Inspirational Stories

Solar panels in the shape of Mickey Mouse at Walt Disney World Resort
Constructed/Operated by Duke Energy

Sustainability: In December 2020, we announced ambitious 2030 Environmental Goals focused on achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions for our direct operations, reducing waste, building more sustainably, and developing packaging and products that lessen our environmental footprint. And since then, we’ve been making progress- here are some highlights: 

  • Announced two new solar facilities in collaboration with local utility providers expected to come online near Walt Disney World Resort in 2023. These facilities – along with existing solar sources – will power up to 40% of the resort’s annual electricity needs. More to come on this later today – stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog to learn more!
  • Installed solar arrays at Castaway Cay and Hong Kong Disneyland.
  • Diverted 61% of total Company operational waste from landfills.
  • Launched plastic-free packaging for a line of classic dolls.  
A picture of a rainforest

Conservation: Since 1995, the Disney Conservation Fund (DCF) has invested more than $120 million to help protect more than 1,000 species, support community heroes, and provided millions of nature experiences to kids around the world. Through Disney Conservation Team Wildlife, Disney cast members continue to lead the charge for biodiversity protection in Disney’s own backyard and beyond, including efforts to provide habitat for monarch butterflies in California and purple martin birds in Florida; safeguard sea turtles outside of Disney’s Vero Beach Resort; and restore coral reefs at Disney’s Castaway Cay in The Bahamas. 

Teacher and students watching elephants

Inspirational Stories: This Earth Month, Disney’s streaming services and TV networks are using the power of storytelling to inspire connection with our planet and all who call it home. Disney+ will take viewers on a journey around the world in our Earth Month collection, exploring the diversity of our planet with the release of Disneynature’s “Polar Bear,” National Geographic’s “Explorer: The Last Tepui,” and National Geographic’s “The Biggest Little Farm: The Return.” Additionally, ABC News will air “Hidden Climate Heroes,” an Earth Day Special highlighting the people and organizations making an impact in their communities through climate change solutions. In addition, National Geographic’s Earth Month campaign will spotlight key stories around the theme of “Explore and Restore,” with content being available at natgeo.com throughout April.

And all month long, our Disney Parks around the world will share fun, memorable experiences that celebrate the wonder of nature and offer adventures for all ages to enjoy.

We’re excited about what we’re doing as a company in these critical areas and we remain committed to making a difference, not just during Earth Month but year-round. And we look forward to hearing about all the things that give you hope during Earth Month, as your stories remind us of how much more we can achieve when we work together to make a happier, healthier planet possible for all.

Visit DisneyPlanetPossible.com to learn more. 

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