What is Earth Day and what is it supposed to accomplish?
About 48 years ago, on April 22, 1970, millions of people took to the streets to protest against the negative impacts of 150 years of industrial development.
In the US and around the world, smog was turning deadly and evidence was mounting that pollution was causing developmental delays in children. Biodiversity was in decline as a result of the intensive use of pesticides and other pollutants.
Global ecological awareness was growing, and the US Congress and President Nixon responded quickly. In July of the same year, they created the Environmental Protection Agency and robust environmental laws such as the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act, among many others.
One billion people
Earth Day is now a global event every year, and we believe that more than one billion people in 192 countries are now participating in the largest civil society-focused day of action in the world.
It is a day of political action and civic participation. People march, sign petitions, meet with their elected officials, plant trees, and clean up their cities and roads. Corporations and governments use it to make promises and announce sustainability measures. Faith leaders, including Pope Francis, connect Earth Day with protecting God's greatest creations, humans, biodiversity, and the planet we all live on.
Earth Day Network, the organization that leads Earth Day around the world, announced today that Earth Day 2018 will focus on mobilizing the world to end plastic pollution, including building support for a global effort to eliminate single-use plastics in conjunction with global regulation for the disposal of plastic. EDN will educate millions of people about the health and other risks associated with the use and disposal of plastics, including polluting our oceans, water, and wildlife, and about growing evidence that the breakdown of plastics is creating serious problems. global.
From poisoning and damage to marine life to the omnipresent presence of plastics in our food to disruption of human hormones and major deadly diseases and early puberty, the exponential growth of plastics is threatening the survival of our planet. EDN has developed a multi-year campaign to end plastic pollution. Our goals include ending single-use plastics, promoting alternatives to fossil fuel-based materials, promoting 100 percent recycling of plastics, corporate and government responsibility, and changing human behavior around plastics. .
EDN's Final Plastic Contamination campaign includes four main components:
- Lead a grassroots movement to support the adoption of a global framework to regulate plastic pollution;
- Educate, mobilize and activate citizens around the world to demand that governments and companies control and clean up plastic pollution;
- Educate people around the world to take personal responsibility for plastic pollution by choosing to reject, reduce, reuse and recycle plastics, and
- Promote local government and other regulatory efforts to combat plastic pollution.
Earth Day Network will leverage the Earth Day platform and the growing interest in the Earth Day 50th anniversary in 2020 as a catalyst for global action.
More information at https://www.earthday.org/earthday/
Events in the world https://www.earthday.org/2018/04/20/earth-day-2018-events-popping-up-worldwide/