Why Earth Day is Important

Modern science estimates that roughly 4.54 billion years ago the Earth was formed. While Earth Day isn’t Earth’s birthday, it is the day honoring a movement to become more conscious of our effects on the environment. Since the industrial revolution in the 1800’s, pollution has been dramatically effecting Earth’s ecosystems; negatively impacting the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat.

Education is the foundation for progress
— Earth Day Network

Gaylord Nelson’s goal in creating Earth Day was to bring awareness to the fact that our daily decisions directly affect our environment. We can make a difference and began to better, not worsen, our planet’s ecosystems. His efforts in creating a day where we come together to learn and take action in order to preserve and protect the environment has grown into a global event, now with events in almost 200 countries. Events vary from concerts to raise awareness and donations to organized tree plantings and community wide trash clean ups; all with the aim to positively change human behavior and inspire policy changes.

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Image courtesy of Panampost Image courtesy of Marshall University 

Earthday.Org says it best,

 “Climate change and 21st century environmental justice are some of the world’s most complex problems. To effectively respond to these challenges, citizens must be appropriately educated and prepared. We need to build a global citizenry fluent in the concepts of climate change and aware of its unprecedented threat to our planet. We need to empower everyone with the knowledge to inspire action in defense of environmental protection. To accomplish this, we are turning to the strategy of the first Earth Day in 1970: coordinating teach-ins around the world where citizens will gather to learn about local environmental issues and develop the civic engagement techniques necessary to take action.”

How You Can Help

With the goal to build a world that internalizes environmental values and creates sustainable communities for all people by mobilizing a global citizenry to proclaim the truth of climate change and providing avenues for local environmental action, Earth Day Network’s initiative is to achieve 3 billion acts of green by the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in 2020. Having already accomplished 2,023,369,534 Acts of Green and counting, this benchmark is more than obtainable. Interested in being a part of this incredible feat of environmental preservation? Here are the Acts of Green that the Earth Day Network encourages:

PLANT A TREE OR DONATE TO PLANT A TREE

Deforestation contributes to species extinction, poverty, and is responsible for up to 15% of the global greenhouse gas emissions causing climate change. Planting trees is one of the easiest and most important ways to fight climate change.

MARCH FOR SCIENCE

Science serves all of us. This Earth Day, join us in our effort to defend the vital public service role science plays in our communities and our world.

REDUCE YOUR FOOTPRINT

Take the Ecological Footprint Quiz and learn how you can reduce your impact on the planet.

EAT LESS MEAT

The meat industry generates nearly one-fifth of the man-made greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. Help make a difference by limiting your meat consumption.

STOP USING DISPOSABLE PLASTICS

Help end our obsession with plastic and protect the environment. Take the pledge to stop using disposable plastic.

CREATE YOUR OWN ACTS OF GREEN

Coming out to local Earth Day events to learn and take action is wonderful but unfortunately the negative impacts from pollution happen 365/24/7. Earth Day serves as a reminder to continue to make daily decisions that have a positive effect on the environment. You may be thinking I’m just one person, what difference can I make? Well, with over a billion people now participating at events around the globe, if everyone attending made environmentally conscious decisions daily, that would be a tremendous leap in the right great direction.

Image courtesy of Texas A&M

Image courtesy of Texas A&M

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