Next Friday, April 22nd, we celebrate the 46th anniversary of Earth Day.  The original Earth Day was founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson and 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.

The Earth Day Network’s (EDN) mission is to broaden and diversify the environmental movement worldwide and to mobilize it as the most effective vehicle to build a healthy, sustainable environment, address climate change, and protect the Earth for future generations.  More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.  The EDN’s focus this year is “Trees for Earth”, a plan to plant 7.8 billion trees by Earth Day’s 50th anniversary in 2020.  That is one tree for every person on the planet! This goal will help to:

  • Fight climate change and pollution
  • Support communities, their local economies, and their way of life
  • Protect biodiversity
  • Inspire millions of people to join the cause in environmental citizenship and stewardship

For more information about Earth Day and/or what you can do to participate in Earth Day activities, go to:

http://www.earthday.org/about/#sthash.sEHngF7W.dpuf

Photo source:

http://www.globalvitalityresources.com/events/earth-day-april-22-2016/