Earth Day 2016

Earth Day

What makes Earth Day special and why we still need it 

Earth Day 2016 Poster

Earth Day is celebrated every year on April 22. The Earth Day Network, a loose coalition of 22,000 groups in 192 countries, coordinates activities that raise awareness of local environmental issues, as well as global climate change.

U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson came up with the idea for a “national teach-in on the environment” to encourage an emerging public awareness of air and water pollution. On April 22, 1970, around 20 million Americans, including these New Yorkers, demonstrated for environmental protection. Soon thereafter, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was created, major environmental laws were enacted, and the environmental movement was born. [Full Article]

U.S. GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTS

President Barack ObamaEmail from President Obama: “Our Responsibility to Act”

 

April 22, 2016 – Today is Earth Day — the last one I’ll celebrate as President. Looking back over the past seven years, I’m hopeful that the work we’ve done will allow my daughters and all of our children to inherit a cleaner, healthier, and safer planet. But I know there is still work to do.

John F. Kerry, the Secretary of State of the United StatesOpening Ceremony of the United Nations Signing Ceremony of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change

 

April 22, 2016 – It’s an enormous privilege to be here on Earth Day to join in signing this historic agreement. I was a young organizer and speaker, not so long back from Vietnam, on the first Earth Day in 1970. And I was a young senator and advocate in Rio in 1992 when we held the first Earth Summit.

Earth Day 2016Help the world’s most trafficked wildlife with a little wall space

 

April 20, 2016 – Some of the world’s most amazing animals are on the brink of extinction. You might have heard about the poaching crisis facing tigers and elephants, but did you know about pangolins? Or what’s happening to corals (yes, coral are animals)? [Source: Share America, U.S. Department of State] »