April 22nd : “Earth Day”

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 05:10 GMT, Apr 22, 2015 |

Each year, April 22 is considered as the “Earth Day” marks the anniversary and the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. At that time, Americans were slurping leaded gas through massive V8 sedans. Industry belched out smoke and sludge with little fear of legal consequences or bad press. Air pollution was commonly accepted as the smell of prosperity. “Environment” was a word that appeared more often in spelling bees than on the evening news.  But, even in that situation, Ms. Carson, an environment conscious person, raised public awareness and concerned the living organisms, the environment and public health.

Earth Day 1970 capitalized on the emerging consciousness, channeling the energy of the anti-war protest movement and putting environmental concerns front and center.

Presently, the Scientists warn us that climate change could accelerate beyond our control, threatening our survival and everything we love. So the environmental movements worldwide  try to keep global temperature rise under the unacceptably dangerous level of 2 degrees C, by phasing out carbon pollution to zero. To achieve this, the whole world must urgently forge realistic global, national and local agreements, to rapidly shift our societies and economies to 100% clean energy by 2050. Do this fairly, with support to the most vulnerable among us. Our world is worth saving and now this is our moment to act. But to change everything, we need everyone.

So, April 22nd of each year is considered and celebrated as the “Earth Day” mission to broaden, diversify and activate the environmental movements worldwide, through a combination of education, public policy, and consumer campaigns.