As another Earth Day approaches, celebrate the advancements that have been made and take a moment and reflect upon changes that you can incorporate into your lifestyle to ensure a more sustainable future for us all.
Since the first Earth Day in 1970, the Earth Day Network has been a leader in the environmental movement, providing events to raise awareness, coordinating group activities, and motivating people to take action to protect the planet.
On this 46th Earth Day, the Earth Day Network is hosting a Trees for the Earth campaign to counter climate change. The goal of the Canopy Project campaign is to plant 50,000 trees. $1 donated equates to one tree planted. According to their website, Earth Day Network has already planted millions of trees across six different continents.
Trees for the Earth aims to plant trees in the world’s impoverished communities that will filter the air and provide a safety buffer from extreme weather events such as hurricanes, floods, and blizzards. You can contribute towards this goal by making your donation via the Earth Day Network website: https://donate.earthday.org/events/trees-for-earth/e76443.
In addition to their Trees for the Earth efforts, Earth Day Network is focused on creating change through their current campaigns including:
- Green Schools (climate literacy and healthy schools for all)
- Endangered Species (protect endangered species around the world)
- Reforestation (work to reforest our planet through on-the-ground tree planting projects and building strong communities that protect and care for trees)
- Green Cities (from green buildings to the economy, focus on shifting to green cities together to live more sustainable lives)
- Campaign for Communities (work on the ground to build confidence and solve community issues)
- Climate Change (climate change is real and scientifically proven; the time for real action and progress is now)
Simply stated, the mission of Earth Day Network is to build the world’s largest environmental movement. This is accomplished via a combination of education, public policy, and consumer campaigns which involve 50,000 partners in 196 countries. Earth Day Network has a record of successes and hopes to build on landmark acts such as; Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, as well as the Paris Climate Summit.
According to the Earth Day Network website, more than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. Are you one of the more than 1 billion participants? If not, now is the time to get involved.
Earth Day Network offers a wealth of ways to join the movement. Their Billion Acts of Green is now fast approaching 3 billion acts! You can join as a Citizen Signer calling for global climate action, track your online energy use, reduce your impact on the planet with their Ecological Footprint Quiz, make a difference by limiting your meat consumption, take a pledge to eat healthier and buy local produce, help reduce the amount of junk mail you receive, stop using disposable plastic, start composting, and recycle your old electronic devices. Why wait? Start today.
This Earth Day, Earth Day Network is challenging us to “get really big stuff done for the planet”. You can find a sampling of Earth Day events open to the public here: http://www.earthday.org/. Start now and get involved.
By: Brian J. Mellett