This year marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, but it symbolizes much more than that. Earth day is a day where citizens around the world pay global respect to the planet they live on. It is a day to contemplate the environment and our individual and collective impact on it. A day to reflect on the growth of knowledge we now have on the issues of climate change and global warming. And a day to consider new possibilities in our homes and daily activities like energy efficiency, sustainability, and weatherization.
The spirit of Earth Day is education. It was founded by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in, held on April 22, 1970. It is a day to pause and reflect. But it is also a day to expand our knowledge, and expand the knowledge and awareness of those around us with regard to environmental issues. As citizens of this planet, it is our duty to share this knowledge and educate as many people as we can.
Like EnviroCitizen, we hope you will arrange your day around some symbolic event or activity in observance of Earth Day. It is our individual and collective responsibility to leave our planet a better place for each successive generation. As we continue to educate ourselves and raise awareness of ways to do this, we inch closer to this goal.
On this Earth Day, we must remember that every day is Earth Day. April 22nd is a date on the calendar for observance, reflection and sharing. Earth Day is 365 days a year.