The World Celebrates Earth Day
People around the world celebrated Earth Day On April 22. Over 1 billion people from over 180 nations celebrated the 44th anniversary.
Earth day was started in 1970 and has grown larger than anyone could have expected. In fact some people credit Earth Day with creating the environmental movement in the US; it led to the creation of the EPA later in 1970, the Clean Air Act, and the Clean Water Act. Earth Day is an inspiration to people around the world, especially for children.
Earth Day this year focus's on cities. About half of the world's populations live in cities, and cities are growing all the time. The planet now has many cities with over 5,000,000 inhabitants; this overpopulation is creating many burdens. City managers need to include planning for climate change as well.
We cannot forget our oceans. With rising acidification, increasing pollution, and over fishing we are putting more and more stress on our oceans. Oceans are the life-blood of our planet, so we need to take better care of our oceans.
The essence of Earth Day is individual's getting involved; that is the core of the environmental movement at the start, and is still true today. We all need to get involved in further reducing pollution, and in fighting global warming.
NASA is creating a global selfie collage; they want people all over the world to take a picture of themselves outside, and send it to NASA; indicate where you were when the picture was taken. Send it on Twitter or Facebook to #GlobalSelfie.
Companies are making announcements today to show they are trying harder to be sustainable. For example Apple says that they now use Renewable Energy for 94% of their power needs (up from 35% in 2010) and have set a goal to be 100% powered by renewables soon. Apple also said they will recycle any old Apple device you have; none of them will go to the landfill anymore. This makes Apple one of the greener companies in the world!
We have a resource for individuals who want to help the environment. Check back periodically to our website for the page titled, You Are The Change.
Children around the world are making drawings and engaging in activities to celebrate Earth Day. We need to find a way to keep this momentum all year, and through all ages in order to fight Climate Change. In every major city around the world there were many events held today to celebrate Earth day, engage in cleanups, and even drives for memberships in environmental organizations.
The flip side of all this is that we are not doing enough to stop Climate Change, and no one seems to have an answer for how to deal with those who are short-sighted and selfish. In the US, Republicans have all but abandoned the environment - despite the fact that the EPA was created by a Republican (Richard Nixon). You can learn more about Republican disinterest in the environment from this article by Jay Bookman.
We here at ManMadeClimateChange.com remain optimists. There are challenges but people do respond when needed. Education is the key, and we can all help with that. We want to end this blog post with a picture of Yosemite with a rainbow, released today by the US Government to honor Earth Day. Yosemite is beautiful, and the rainbow represents hope for the future: