The work of today is the history of tomorrow, and we are its makers. – Juliette Gordon Low
“The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.” – Rachel Carson, Founder of the environmental movement and author of Silent Spring
Second: This year’s theme for Earth Day is Protect Our Species! Did you know that between one and five species will go extinct annually – BUT scientists are estimating that we are losing species at 1,000-10,000 times the normal rate, with multiple extinctions daily. Species are disappearing before we even learn about them! It’s up to us as a human race to minimize our impact, educate ourselves, and be proactive in our protection of Earth.
Third: Here are some neat results of people working together on Earth Day to create positive environmental impacts:
- In 2012 – more than 100,000 people rode bikes in China to reduce CO2 emissions and save fuel
- In 2011 – 28 million trees were planted in Afghanistan
- In Panama – 100 endangered species of orchids were planted and maintained to prevent the extinction
What can you do to help get to this goal of 3 Billion Acts of Green?
- Check out the link with unlimited ways you can take action!
- Plant a tree/group of trees
- Try composting
- Take a walk in nature and just appreciate it
- Host a recycling party
- Start a letter-writing campaign to the government about ecological concerns
- Start a neighborhood garden
- Clean the highways and streams – litter control
- Monitor electricity being used in your house and cut back (shower length, leaving the lights on when you leave the room, water faucet usage, TV/Phone screen time.
- Have a zero-waste day (week, month, year!)
Most importantly, use these tactics in your daily lives, and together we’ll be able to make a difference for our planet. As we prepare to celebrate this special day, I’ll leave you with this quote by John Muir while we think of the bigger picture and what our impact truly is:
“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.” – John Muir, Naturalist, known as the Father of the National Parks
Let’s make Earth Day 2019 something we’re proud to be a part of!