Tomorrow, Monday April 22, is Earth Day, but what does that really mean? Last time we checked, we live on the Earth everyday. Unfortunately, maybe for that exact reason, it can be easy to take things like clean air or drinking water for granted, though even here in the U.S. many people — especially those in poor communities — are impacted by polluted air and water everyday.
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The first Earth Day was held in 1970, and there were political and news-raising events all over the country to speak up for protecting the planet. Today, 33 years later, Earth Day is still an opportunity for each and every one of us to look at how we can do our part, and to raise awareness so others will do their part, to protect the planet.
What can you do to help? Different organizations have different campaigns, ideas, and ways to participate.
The environmental justice organization Green For All
and The League of Young Voters
Education Fund are sponsoring #Earthdaylive
is a 2-hour live broadcast featuring some of the most innovative people, projects and organizations working to protect the environment and create opportunities for all communities. Featuring music, videos, and live interviews, it will be an engaging look at the problems our communities face, and the people creating the most effective solutions. You can tune in here
from 3-5pm ET, 12-2pm PT Monday April 22.
The climate-change organization 350.org
is urging people to sign the final petition to President Obama urging him not to build the Keystone XL pipeline, which scientists warn would have terrible consequences for the environment. It is fitting that the deadline for accepting comments is Earth Day. Sign here
and use your voice for change!
Mercy For Animals
is “reinventing environmentalism” by encouraging people to adopt “The New 3 Rs
” — to rethink your diet, reduce your meat consumption, and restore the planet. Did you know that 30% of all the Earth’s land is used to raise farmed animals and their feed crops? Check out this amazing resource
. If every person in the U.S. skipped one meal of chicken per week and ate vegan food instead, it would be like taking more than 500,000 cars off the road. Give it a shot!
What will you do to celebrate Earth Day?