Why Do We Need Earth Day?

Last Week We Had ‘Earth Day’…

…and it made me wonder, how did Earth Day begin and why does it exist? Earth Day originated in 1969, a time of protest and civic unrest. But environmentalism was not on the forefront of activism — it was Vietnam, feminism and civil rights that captured people’s attention. However, after a massive oil spill off the Santa Barbara coast, a US senator from Wisconsin conceived the idea and on April 22nd 1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets (and parks) to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment. Earth Day had rare political alignment from Republicans and Democrats and led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.

Today We’re Faced With More Serious Threats…

9 of the 10 warmest years on record have been this century — and March 2015 easily set the record for the hottest March ever recorded. There is a ‘garbage patch’ twice the size of Texas floating in the North Pacific. Species extinction is happening 1,000 times faster than natural causes and by 2050, a third of animal species on the planet could be gone. The world’s biggest problems require everyone to be part of the solution.

Let’s Make Every Day Earth Day…

Change a habit. Share your priorities with your elected official. Raise awareness on an important issue through your social network. Volunteer. Install LED light bulbs in your house. Stop using plastic bottles and bags. Recycle (maybe even compost).

ActOn is a mobile app that simplifies how people engage with organizations that have a social mission. Download ActOn and subscribe to the Environment channel. It’s the easiest way to take simple actions and engage with awesome organizations focused on the health of our planet.

Search ‘Act On’ (two words) in the App Store. #1actAday

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