“Our goal is not just an environment of clean air and water and scenic beauty. The objective is an environment of decency, quality and mutual respect for all other human being and all living creatures.“, Gaylord Nelson, the founder of Earth Day.
What is Earth Day?
Every year on the 22nd of April, Earth becomes a bit wiser. Originating in 1970, the Earth Day movement gave a voice to a growing environmental consciousness across the US and the realisation that the earth had a limited lifespan. Throughout its history, Earth Day comes with great challenges; climate change deniers, lobbyists, disinterested public. However, the yearly event has prevailed despite resistance, and this year symbolises an important topic that should not be ignored.
Environmental and Climate Literacy
Today, it is equally important to raise awareness about climate change as it is to understand the underlying causes of it. The Earth Day Network is committed to ensuring all students possess the knowledge of climate change and obtain a certain level of environmental literacy. In order to achieve this, the Earth Day Network aims to empower young people by providing them with the tools and resources as needed, such as tool-kits available through schools and programs. Environmental Education is the first step to achieve a smarter, brighter future for our earth.
Do Your Part
With current global issues at hand, it can be difficult to stay motivated about the cause. One vital solution is to educate yourself, enabling the education of people around you. Check out the Earth Day website where you can find great ideas to help your environmental cause, a tool-kit for your own Earth Day event and valuable educational information.
So, on the 22nd of April 2017, take a moment to think about what the day symbolises and how you can affect the earth in a positive way.