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Thousands celebrating the first Earth Day in NYC

 

The 45th anniversary of Earth Day is approaching and if you haven’t been thinking about it we strongly encourage you to start! Now is the time, more than ever, to start engaging with the community and learning about the direction we’re going in with our environment. A common misconception people may have is that what we’re doing to the environment now won’t directly affect us but it will if we do not start taking action.

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The first Earth Day on April 22nd, 1970 reeled in about 20 million Americans to share their concerns about every citizens role in protecting and preserving the environment. This led to the Clean Water, Clean Air, and Endangered Species Acts being passed and the creation of the U.S Environmental Protection Agency. Now, over 1 billion people in 192 countries participate in Earth Day activities!

[Become an activist and join the movement —-> Take Action]

The global theme for 2015 is “it’s our turn to lead.” This involves us divesting from fossil fuels and investing our money into clean energy solutions so economic growth and sustainability go hand in hand. Organizing an Earth Day event or activity is one of the best ways to engage with the community and urge them to protect the planet. You can even register your event on the Earth Day website and they’ll spread the word for you! Here are a few more ways to get involved:

  • Urge government leaders to sign the Paris Climate Treaty by starting a letter-writing campaign or online petition
  • Join the Earth Day network in their effort to plant more trees
  • Organize a team to plant trees in your neighborhood or donate to the Canopy Project
  • Lead a recycling drive—–plastic, metal, & glass
  • Pick up trash at local parks and beaches
  • Invite an expert to inform the community about climate change, the importance of sustainability, and how to reduce your carbon footprint

Important dates to remember:

  • April 16th-18th: Global Citizens 2015 Earth Day
  • April 20th-24th: Climate Education Week
  • April 22nd: Earth Day!
  • September 25th: UN Adopts the Sustainable Development Goals
  • November 30th: Paris UN COP 21 (Climate Conference)

If you want to work directly with the Earth Day network there are a lot of internship opportunities and careers within the organization. Check them out —->Careers.

Do your part and help save the planet!