The beginning of a modern environmental movement started on April 22, 1970, with the theme, Earth Day. Approximately 20 million Americans participated to reach the goal of a healthy, sustainable environment. At this time, separate groups that had been fighting against polluting factories, power plants, toxic dumps, oil spills, loss of wilderness and extinction of wildlife realized that they shared common goals. Through the years and with the help of the internet, the efforts of those concerned with the environment have multiplied. April 22, 1990, more than 200 million people in 141 countries mobilized to raise the status of environmental issues. This led to the 1992 United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. Matters such as global warming and clean energy have now emerged, as well.
Earth Day is the only event celebrated simultaneously throughout the world by people of all backgrounds, faiths and nationalities. There are now more than one-half billion people that participate in Earth Day network campaigns every year.
Earth Day 2009, April 22, will mark the beginning of The Green Generation CampaignTM, which will also be the focus of the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day in 2010. With negotiations for a new global climate agreement coming up in December, Earth Day 2009 must be a day of action and civic participation, to defend The Green GenerationTM’s core principles:
- A carbon-free future based on renewable energy that will end our common dependency on fossil fuels, including coal.
- An individual’s commitment to responsible, sustainable consumption.
- Creation of a new green economy that lifts people out of poverty by creating millions of quality green jobs and transforms the global education system into a green one.
Are you doing your part to keep your little corner of the world green? There are things each of us can do to preserve our country’s beauty, protect our wildlife, and keep our air clean. In exchange, if we do the things required to improve our environment, won’t we also be making the world a safer place, as well? It is our focus to ensure that persons whose jobs are to contend with cleaning up pollution or other acts of negligence of the earth remain safe as they do their job.
We are given the opportunity to keep our towns, states, and country beautiful and protect the environment. Let’s make every day a “Safe” Earth Day!