April is Earth Month and people from coast to coast will be taking action for the planet. How will you take part?Forty-two years ago, Earth Day was established to create awareness and appreciation of our precious – and increasingly fragile – planet. Celebrated on April 22nd, Earth Day has over a billion participants around the world. Individuals, businesses, schools and governments commemorate what has been achieved and discuss what remains to be done to protect Earth. And even better news – over the years, Earth Day has evolved into Earth Week and Earth Month.
April is now set aside for a discourse on all things Earth. But why should we have to wait until April to have environmental dialogue? After Earth Month is over, it would be great if we could establish every month as Earth Month, and every year as Earth Year, and keep environmental discussion in the media.
Undoubtedly, the most important and exciting changes are the ones the last far beyond April. The first Earth Day, in 1970, inspired the U.S. Congress to pass and strengthen Clean Air and Water Acts, and to create the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to monitor environmental issues and establish environmental policy and laws. In 1990, the first International Earth Day brought pressure on many governments to take part in the UN Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, and to tackle issues such as climate change, the growing scarcity of water and the loss of species. Earth Day has been perhaps most successful at changing behavior and attitudes, and provoking policy change.
Earth Day is the perfect occasion to reflect on how to protect our planet. On April 22nd, we should all stand united for a sustainable future and demand change. How will you celebrate Earth Day, Earth Month or Earth Year?
By: Green Living Home & Health