Earth Day, originally conceived by peace activist John McConnell in 1969, was first celebrated on March 21, 1970, to coincide and venerate the first day of spring. Senator Gaylord Nelson founded a new Earth Day a month later as an environmental teaching experiment held on April 22, 1970. Since then Earth Day is celebrated globally on April 22 in over 190 countries and has been coordinated by the Earth Day Network to create awareness and demonstrate support for environmental concerns and protection.
Earth Day has expanded to include other environmental event collaborations to celebrate an entire Earth Week. This year the March for Science will be held on Earth Day and is followed by the People’s Climate Mobilization (April 29, 2017). For more information on events in your area, check with your local community. Other well publicized Earth Day events being held in the US and other countries can be found here.
And now many Americans believe they have a valid reason to mobilize on Earth Day to demonstrate their support for the environment. Especially as this administration seeks to undermine environmental policies and deny climate change activity.
And speaking of irony; President Trump’s coveted Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, as well as most of the real estate in this region, are now experiencing a significant rise in sea level. Water is now encroaching and covering many inter-coastal highways, roads, bridges, and even lawns in the Palm Springs region. According to an environmental analysis performed by Coastal Risk Consulting, if coastal lines continue to erode at the current pace, this region will be under water in less than 30 years or sooner. More on this story.
Whether earth and climate changes are caused by humans or not is not the issue. There should be no blame, but rather a consensus that polluting the air, dumping toxins in our oceans and streams are not acceptable practices. Corporations and governments and should be held accountable for environmental injustices that cause suffering and loss of life.
Irrefutable environmental data and Earth’s history of climate related catastrophes have been exposed and should motivate us to protect the future of life on our planet for generations to come. All the tools, building and applied science, technological advancement and knowledge is available to make America great again. This can only be achieved when we abandon antiquated energy sources (i.e., coal), and evolve to promote a more socially conscious society and peaceful existence.
We are the ones we have been waiting for. It’s up to each of us to do our part, stand up and protect our future and live lightly on the Earth. Together we have a voice and impact! It’s time to act. Here’s a comprehensive list of many environmental groups and organizations, along with a few not listed, Citizens Climate Lobby Sustainable City Network worthy of our support.