HAPPY EARTH DAY!
5 Things you can do on Earth Day to make a difference.
(1) Attend your areas local events – see more at Earth Day Network (and highlights below)
(2) Ride your bike, walk or take public transportation to wherever you go.
(4) Read more about Climate Change and call your local senator/representative.
(5) Take the Sustainability Tour. Learn how about our US environmental footprint. Topics include waste, buildings, climate, water, energy, food, materials, transportation. ways to improve. Source Center for Sustainable Systems.
Inspirational quotes for the day:
“The good news is we know what to do. The good news is, we have everything we need now to respond to the challenge of global warming. We have all the technologies we need; more are being developed. And as they become available and become more affordable when produced in scale, they will make it easier to respond. But we should not wait, we cannot wait, we must not wait.” — Al Gore
“To waste, to destroy, our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by right to hand down to them.” — Theodore Roosevelt
A look back on Earth Day through history:
According to Wikipedia, Earth Day 2007 was one of the largest Earth Days to date, with an estimated billion people participating in the activities in thousands of places like Kiev, Ukraine; Caracas, Venezuela; Tuvalu; Manila, Philippines; Togo; Madrid, Spain; London; and New York. Founded by the organizers of the first April 22 Earth Day in 1970, Earth Day Network promotes environmental citizenship and year round progressive action worldwide.
Earth Day Network is a driving force steering environmental awareness around the world. Through Earth Day Network, activists connect change in local, national, and global policies. Earth Day Network’s international network reaches over 17,000 organizations in 174 countries, while the domestic program engages 5,000 groups and over 25,000 educators coordinating millions of community development and environmental protection activities throughout the year. Earth Day is the only event celebrated simultaneously around the globe by people of all backgrounds, faiths and nationalities. More than a half billion people participate in Earth Day Network campaigns every year.
What is happening around the world this week?
1. In San Francisco, Green Apple Festival is hosting its second annual event in Golden Gate Park. Should be a wild and fun event with Bill McKibben as a guest speaker, live music and a goal to get 1 million calls to congress for tougher Climate Change legislation.
2. In Barcelona, organizers are hosting the Catalunya Earth Fair to be held in Parc de la Ciutadella. Theme: the Fight Against Genetically Modified Organism which Poison the Planet.
3. In Buenos Aires, there is an event in Plaza Naciones Unidas (United Nations Square), organized by Butterfly Comunicación Ambiental. Theme: not an academic, entertaining but also with purpose to raise awareness. The event will target the 4 main environmental issues in Argentina: Garbage, Energy, Water, Transportation.
4. In Miami, Green Apple Festival comes for the first time with an event for the whole family. Environmental leaders, community activists, A-list talent and top speakers will all CALL FOR CLIMATE, a demand for immediate, effective and equitable action against global warming.
5. Tokyo is holding an event in Yoyogi Park, organized by Earthday Tokyo, a Social Movement promoting a greener economy. Focus topics include Earthday Energy Action, managed 100% by green energy, solar, bio-diesel and hydrogen. Earthday Food Action: Organic, locally produced, non-GMO food will be available from over 40 different restaurants, cafes on site. Earthday Agri Action : Organic Farmers Market.
Thousands of other events are happening with an estimated one billion people participating around the world. Join in the fun and do your share.