This year marks the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, and the slogan is “It’s Our Turn to Lead.” From their site: “The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. The passage of the landmark Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, and many other groundbreaking environmental laws soon followed. Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network (EDN) works with over 50,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify, and mobilize the environmental movement. More than one billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.”
Since Earth Day falls on a Wednesday this year, many celebrations are going on the weekend before. If you’re in Washington D.C. this coming Saturday, go to the National Mall. No Doubt, Usher, Fall Out Boy, Mary J. Blige, Train, My Morning Jacket, Will.I.Am, Soledad O’Brien, and other guests will be performing and hosting a free event. There will be other events around the world. Check your local paper or news website for more information on what’s happening in your area.
It’s not all about parties and concerts – Earth Day is about taking action. Click here to find out what you can do, from signing The Climate Petition, telling world leaders to phase out carbon, to taking the pledge to reduce your electricity use and to eat less meat, stop using disposable plastic, buy local produce, and much more.
Here at evox, every day is Earth Day. If you want to be inspired, check out Green Wish’s interview with CalTech climatologist Jess Atkins and the short film Is There Hope for Planet Earth? The answer may surprise you.