SAN DIEGO, April 19, 2016 — April 22 is Earth Day, which falls on the same day every year!
The first Earth Day, celebrated on April 22, 1970, brought together approximately 20 million Americans who demonstrated their love, appreciation and concern for our planet.
This historic event resulted in the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts, according to earthday.org.
Earth Day continues to inspire millions of people, not only in the U.S., but worldwide.
According to earthday.org, “Our planet is currently losing over 15 billion trees each year (equivalent to 48 football fields every minute).”
One of the most popular ways of celebrating Earth Day is encouraging every member of the global community to plant one tree on Earth Day, with the potential outcome of planting 7.8 billion new trees.
This Earth Day, U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping have publicly agreed to sign the Paris Climate Agreement.
All world leaders have been encouraged to follow their example and join them in an official signing ceremony to be held on Earth Day at the United Nations headquarters in New York.
In a report by Huffpost Politics, it is speculated by President Obama’s senior adviser Brian Deese that the U.S. and China alone account for over 40 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions–and the Paris Climate Agreement will be considered viable when 55 countries, accounting for 55 percent of worldwide emissions, officially sign.
Environmental and climate change concerns have been a hallmark of the U.S. and China bilateral relations.
According to whitehouse.gov, “By coming forward…the U.S. and China are demonstrating to the international community that there is no turning back on the path towards a low carbon future.”
Kathleen Roger, president of Earth Day Network, may sum it up best when she says, “Earth Day is the largest, most recognizable face of the environmental movement…(with the) focus on the urgent need to stabilize and reduce global greenhouse gas emissions, fight climate change, act locally…and protect their children’s futures.”
“Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greed interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.” — Theodore Roosevelt
Until next time, enjoy the ride in good health!
Laurie Edwards-Tate, MS, is a health care provider of over 32 years. As a featured “Communities Digital News” columnist, LifeCycles with Laurie Edwards-Tate emphasizes healthy aging and maintaining independence, while delighting and informing its readers. Laurie is a recognized expert in home and community-based, long-term care services, and is also an educator.
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