Earth Day is observed by over one billion people around the world on April 22 each year. People are organizing rallies, cleaning up their communities, planting trees and teaching their children about protecting our planet.
"Earth Day is the most powerful force the environmental movement has ever known,” said Kathleen Rogers, president of Earth Day Network. “Millions of people will be permanently recruited into the environmental movement, joining the more than a billion people who already use this day to focus on the urgent need to stabilize global greenhouse gas emissions, fight climate change, live more eco-friendly lives and protect their children’s futures.”
This year's Earth Day focus is Green Cities. In addition, Earth Day Network is working with cities across America to implement sustainable programs and policies.
“For the first time in history, most people on Earth live in urban areas. Many of these cities are desperately trying to transform themselves into models of efficiency and sustainability, and some are preparing to face the perils of climate change. We’re working with these cities, local governments, citizens, and other stakeholders to convert these cities into “green cities.” That means redesigning their transportation infrastructure, modernizing their energy systems, and rethinking the way they build,” said Franklin Russell, Director of Earth Day at Earth Day Network.
Families everywhere can participate in Earth Day everyday by teaching their children about the importance of clean air and water by spending more time outdoors, reducing waste, recycling and participating in community clean-up efforts.
To learn more about Earth Day 2014 and how you can get involved, visit the Earth Day Network website. Here are some ways to be kind to planet Earth everyday.