April 22nd is Earth Day. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth_Day In connection with Arbor Day, https://www.arborday.org April is Earth Month. Events happen all over the globe to support initiatives that will make living on our planet more beneficial for all of us. A good place to get information about activities is through the Earth Day Network. http://www.earthday.org Their goal is to build the world’s largest environmental movement.
The mission for Earth Day Network is to broaden and diversify the environmental movement worldwide, mobilize the movement to build a healthy and sustainable environment, address climate change, and protect the Earth for future generations.
Many climate change experts would suggest that green initiatives and public policies are moving too slowly in the wrong direction to make any meaningful impact on our current survival challenge. NPR reporter and author, Wen Stephenson unpacks the issue in his book What We Are Fighting For Now Is Each Other. http://www.pri.org/stories/2015-12-17/what-we-re-fighting-now-each-other-new-book-declares
He’s calling for a radicalization of the mainstream. “At this late hour, to be serious about climate is to be radical, because it’s really a radical situation. It requires us to go to the root of the systems that have created this. That’s not going to happen until enough people come to terms with and face up to the radical nature of the situation.”
In 1970, the first Earth Day activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. Passage of landmark, groundbreaking, environmental laws such as the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act soon followed and Richard Nixon became known as the Environmental President by setting up the Environmental Protection Agency.
In 1990, Earth Day went global, mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries and lifting environmental issues onto the world stage. Today, more than 1 billion people participate in Earth Day activities each year. This is the largest civic observance in the world.
Earth Day Network is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 50,000 partners in 196 countries, (the total of all countries in the world) to build environmental democracy working through a combination of education, public policy, and consumer campaigns. They broaden the definition of “environment” to include issues that affect our health and our communities, such as greening deteriorated schools, creating green jobs and investment, registering voters and promoting activism to stop air and water pollution.
With partner organizations, EDN provides civic engagement opportunities at the local, state, national and global levels around the world. Recognizing that climate change impacts our most vulnerable citizens first and most severely, EDN often works with low income communities to bring their voices and issues into the movement.
How You Can Help:
- Click on http://www.earthday.org/take-action/ and take action.
- Search for local Earth Day events and participate. You can go through your parks department http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/earth_and_arbor_days or events based magazines. In NYC http://www.timeout.com/newyork/earth-day
- Many Earth Day events will have green shopping promotions so take your cloth bags, your water bottles, a picnic lunch and become an actively aware consumer. You can even pick up some litter along the way!
- Follow the 5 Rs in your every day life. Refuse. Reduce. Reuse. Repurpose. Recycle.
- Use the momentum to make every day Earth Day.
- Even NASA is participating with Images from the Moon wall paper. http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/spaceimages/searchwp.php?category=featured