Apr

23

2011

Earth Day 2011 Is The Biggest Green Day Ever

Abgelegt in Mother Earth

Conservation, renewable energy, recycling and sustainability have become common subjects in today’s media. On Earth Day 2011 (officially April 22, though observations of various kinds are scheduled throughout the weekend) people will drive hybrid cars, discuss the pros and cons of wind-farm locations, install geothermal systems, fluorescent lights and solar panels, and even listen to Green Day songs.

But it was 41 years ago, on April 22, 1970, when 20 million Americans engaged in protests, teach-ins and other activities on the first Earth Day, that environmental values and priorities became part of the national agenda.

Senator Gaylord Nelson, a Wisconsin Democrat, is credited with creating the Earth Day holiday, which has grown into an event celebrated by over 1.5 billion people around the world. In his remarks on the 25th Anniversary of Earth Day, Senator Gaylord Nelson said, “Increasingly, we have come to understand the wealth of the nation is in its air, water, soil, forests, minerals, lakes, oceans, scenic beauty, wildlife habitats, and biodiversity…That’s the whole economy. That’s where all the economic activity and all the jobs come from.”

On this green day many still disagree with Gaylord Nelson’s assertion. Politicians and others are commonly “for the environment as long as it doesn’t cost jobs.” Over 10,000 people gathered this week in Washington, D.C. to draw attention to climate change and the issues surrounding it.

In the United States, Earth Day 2011 will be the biggest green day ever, observed with more than 10,000 events ranging from hands-on, practical gatherings (invasive plant removal, picking up litter), to inspirational ones such as a concert by Sheryl Crow at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. More than 100 million people have pledged personal “acts of green” for Earth Day 2011, through Earth Day Network’s “A Billion Acts Of Green” campaign.

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