More than a billion people around the world and 190 countries will celebrate Earth Day today. Earth Day aims to inspire awareness and appreciation for the earth’s environment. Some people celebrate the global observance around the time of the March Equinox, while others observe the occasion today.
The April 22 Earth Day was first organized in 1970 “to promote ecology and respect for life on the planet as well as to encourage awareness of the growing problems of air, water and soil pollution” by Senator Gaylord Nelson.
Although Earth Day is not a public holiday with closed schools and businesses, it is a campaign to focus on creating sustainable and healthy environments worldwide. Today, more than half of the global population lives in cities. Over the next two years, supporters of Earth Day are hoping to see a transition to invest in renewable energy, efficiency and a forward thinking public policy with a global theme: Green Cities.
An educated and active public is powerful. Get involved with Earth Day in your community with a beach clean up, plant a tree, or commit to recycling. Visit the Florida Oceanographic Centre in Stuart for themed programs and displays celebrating Earth Day. Hobe Sound Nature Center has scheduled activities and events. Join thousands of volunteers as the Loxahatchee River Center in Jupiter, participates in a national clean-up day.
Please do your part to reverse environmental damage and global warming. YOU can make a difference!