Blog post: Earth Day 2017 – Saturday April 22nd
Every year people around the world celebrate Earth Day to show their support for the environment. Festivals, rallies and events take place in over 200 countries in support of the planet we live on and how we must take care of it. The idea about Earth Day is to realize that our planet is an amazing place with an ever changing and vibrant eco-system in which living organism interact with each other to create a lush and living planet. The need to protect the planet from harm is the propose of Earth Day.
The first Earth Day was founded by US Senator Gaylord Nelson on April 22, 1970. Originally this celebration was focused on the United States but was taken international in 1990. Since then, 192 countries observe the day and over a billion people celebrate each year. Countries and organizations around the world sponsor events for learning about the earth. One such event from NASA allows you to adopt a piece of the earth: Adopt the Planet
If we do not stop the damage being inflicted on the planet by industry and urban development, there will be little left to pass on to our children. The rain forest which once covered about 15% of the surface of the earth has been decreased to only 6%. Every year, toxic chemicals are released in the land, air and water by factories. The numbered of endangered species, both plants and animals, is increasing each year.
This year’s Earth Day campaign is Environmental and Climate Literacy. Education is the only way to ensure that we understand what needs to be done to protect the Earth. We need everyone to understand what is happening and what must be done to stop the damage and make repairs. This years campaign is focused on advancing environment and climate laws but also in expanding the process of “Going Green” in our jobs and personal life.
One of the ways to “Go Green” in our personal life is to either decrease or stop the use of plastics. Over 300 million tons of plastics are produced each year to make bags, bottles, packages and other goods. Only ten percent of these goods are being recycled, the other 90% is ending up in our landfills or even worse in our oceans and natural environment. Other ways are to turn off the lights when not in use, wash clothes in cold water and of course recycle, reduce and reuse as much as possible.
Earth Day is celebrated once a year, but if we work together every day to protect and preserve the earth, we can ensure that our children and grandchildren will be able to enjoy a vibrant and healthy planet.