Sunday, April 22, is the 42nd celebration of Earth Day.
While the very early celebrations of Earth Day helped to bring about such watershed changes as the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act, the day has continued to be important as a way to disseminate knowledge and appreciation for the environment.
There are bound to be local celebrations and initiatives for you to participate in wherever you live, but there are also national and global initiatives.
A Billion Acts of Green® is an environmental service campaign started in 2011 by the Earth Day Network. It gives people a place to pledge a commitment they’ve made to help the earth.
Recent entries include, “I pledge to reduce my use of products with disposable packaging.” And, “I pledge to plant an herb garden on my balcony.” The goal is to reach 1 billion “Acts of Green” by the June 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro. There are currently over 980 million pledges.
This year’s push by the Earth Day Network is to Mobilize the Earth™. It is a campaign to “demand action from the world’s governments to embrace renewable energy, invest in energy efficiency, end dirty fuel subsidies, and make energy accessible to all.”
The goal is to assemble the necessary support, through actions like petitions and voter registration, to present their demands at the June 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro.
Whether you plan to do something large or something simple, like turning the water off while you brush your teeth, I think it is important to remember all of these pledges and promises the rest of the year as well.
Oftentimes there is a big push on a celebratory day, like Earth Day, to do something “big” or “meaningful” (the same could be said of Valentine’s Day). Unfortunately, after the excitement and fervor of the crowd is gone, so is the incentive to follow through on any pledges that were signed or promises that were made.
The Earth Day Network seems to be trying to keep the spirit going, but, as always, is up to the individual to follow through on their own pledges and promises.
So please, celebrate Earth Day on Sunday, but remember to celebrate it throughout the year, too.