Earth Day & Earth Hour: Differences To Remember
“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” John Muir
Earth Day Network’s Climate Education Week
Earth Day 2015 will take place on April 22 ( same date every year) and this will be their 45th Anniversary of encouraging all of us to demonstrate our support for environmental protection. It was launched in 1970 and is organized by the Earth Day Network. Over 192 nations celebrate Earth Day and this year’s initiative is using the tagline, “It Is Our Turn To Lead.” This makes perfect sense because each of us has a role in sustaining our planet. We can follow Goodnet’s 50 Ways to Help The Planet and the EPA’s Pick5 key areas of recommendations (in block-quotes throughout this post) to support our planet and make Mother earth smile.
1. Use pesticides safely! Reduce or eliminate where possible.
2. Learn about composting, try it out!
3. Learn about ‘Greenscaping’! Try it out at home and promote it in your community.
4. Learn about the native species and the negative effects of non native plants and animals in the environment. Plant native species in your gardens, encourage important pollinators such as bees and birds by planting gardens full of their favorite plants. Join a team in your community that removes non-native species.via EPA
“Earth Hour’s mission is three-fold. To bring people together through a symbolic hour-long event…” Andy Ridley, CEO and Co-Founder, Earth Hour Global
Earth Hour 2016: This is our time to #ChangeClimateChange!
Growing up, we’ve all had dreams about our future, and the children of today are no different. But their dreams for tomorrow depend on our actions today. Join Earth Hour 2016 and show your support to #ChangeClimateChange with a custom profile pic filter!
For more on Earth Hour 2016 which too place on Saturday March 19, and continues the theme of Climate Change, Visit Worldwildlife.org
Earth Hour 2015 Official Video
Earth Hour 2015 took place on Saturday, March 28, again between 8:30 and 9:30 pm. The tagline for this year’s global campaign was “Change Climate Change”, and this initiative is a way to remind each of us to participate in ending Global Warming. Over 170 countries, 1200 landmarks and 40 UNESCO world heritage sites participated in switching their light off. That said, Earth Hour, is Not Earth Day even though they are clearly related. Earth Hour is a global event organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and it’s genesis is shared in blockquotes below.
1. Earth Hour 2015 created a new global campaign – Change Climate Change – to encourage us to take action on Global Warming. Earth Hour Blue is again running some crowdfunding efforts to raise funds for organized climate projects in the Philippines, India, Columbia Uganda and Indonesia.
2. In 2014, Earth Hour launched the world’s first crowdfunding/crowdsourcing platform for the earth – The fundraising campaign collaborates with the WWF network and other partners. We can all support Earth Hour Blue today and everyday by making a donation to a cause. It’s never too late to do our part.
3. Another important step in Earth Hour 2014 is the appointment of Spiderman as the first superhero ambassador for Earth Hour; the key message is for all of us to use our powers to be superheroes/heroines for the planet. at earthhour.org
4. Earth Hour was started in Sydney, Australia in 2007. 2.2 million people and 2,100 businesses participated that year.
5. A year later (2008), participation had exploded to over 50 million people in more than 35 countries and 371 cities and towns participating in getting the word out that a sustainable planet benefits all.
6. In 2009, participation grew even bigger as several millions more celebrated in about 88 countries and 4,000 cities and towns by switching their lights off for an hour and voting for action on climatic changes.
Did you participate in Earth Hour? Are you aware of what it is about? From 8:30-9:30PM today, people around the world participated in Earth Hour by turning lights off and bringing attention to the fact that we, all of us, need to ensure that our planet is protected. Earth hour is described as “a movement using the power of the crowd to protect the planet.” To help us catch up on what this is all about, I’ve identified key points for all of us to remember.
“What is the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?” Henry David Thoreau
Will you participate in Earth Day? There is so much we can all do to keep our planet well and sustainable. Start in your home and recycle and cut back on waste. You can also follow the recommendations from the EPA and various ways we can contribute to making our planet and Mother Earth a happier place to live and breathe.
1. Use only the water you need, and reuse when possible.
2. Help keep water clean by using biodegradable and environmentally friendly cleaning products.
3. Dispose of solid and liquid wastes and medications safely.
4. Protect your local water source from pollutants, excess pesticides and garbage. via EPA
1. Use human powered modes of transportation to get from place to place! Walk, jog, skip, ride a bike instead.
2. Pass on gas! Take public transportation, carpool, plan your day to reduce trips and vehicle emissions.
3. Make sure your home’s air is healthy. Tip! Test, Fix and Save a Life from Radon, a colorless odorless gas.
4. Buy locally, or grow your own! Reduce air pollution caused by food and goods transport.
5. Reduce your potential for exposure to mercury.
6. Plant a tree. Or plant many trees!
7. Prevent additional air pollution by finding alternatives to burning your waste.via EPA
“…To galvanize people into taking action beyond the hour…” Andy Ridley, CEO and Co-Founder, Earth Hour Global
Earth Hour 2015 Highlight 1
7. The People’s Orb was created and traveled around the world until finally arriving at the United Nations for the final day of the historic 192-nation UN Climate Change Conference; UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon and over 100 heads of State were present. (The orb is “a shimmering silver sphere encasing a 350 gigabyte hard drive loaded with videos, images and documents representing the hundreds of millions of people who voted Earth to call for action on climate change.”)
8. In 2010, 128 nations participate and for the first time landmark and iconic buildings go dark in honor of this special hour.
9. In 2011, Earth hour lasted well beyond the hour as people were encouraged to consider and share more ways to sustain our planet. A moment of silence was observed for lives lost in the tsunami and earth quake in Japan.
10. In 2012, Earth hour not only broke its own global reach record, but it was the first time an astronaut turned the lights off in outer space. (Astronaut André Kuipers at the International Space Station). 152 countries and 6,950 cities and towns participated in Earth Hour and millions gathered to honor a pledge to protect the environment.
11. Over 200,000 people joined the “I Will If You Will” challenge in the campaign to encourage people around us to commit to voluntary action for the environment.
We live in a growing and changing world that continues to use resources and destroy the environment. We cannot sit back and expect others to do the heavy lifting of ensuring we leave a healthy planet as a legacy for our children. Each of us can make a difference even in a small way. Start by turning those extra lights off. More below!
“…And to create an interconnected global community sharing the mutual goal of creating a sustainable future for the planet…” Andy Ridley, CEO and Co-Founder, Earth Hour Global
Pocoyo – Kids’ Ambassador for Earth Hour 2015 uses power to change climate change
We can continue to support efforts to save our planet from becoming a giant depleted cesspool by participating in events like Earth Hour and Earth Day that honor the world we live in and beyond. We can make a difference by sharing information and educating our loved ones. Each of us can contribute our part even in the smallest way. Start TODAY!
12. In 2013, more landmark buildings, from the Empire State Building to Buckingham Palace,The Acropolis, The Eiffel Tower, Beijing National Stadium, The Sydney Harbour Bridge, Tower of Pisa, Times Square and many more, went dark in honor of Earth Hour.
13. Vancouver, Canada was crowned as the first Global Earth Hour Capital for its dedication to green projects and development.
14. In 2014, the goal is to remind us all that this is not just about lights out but about improving the planet.
15. As superheroes/heroines of planet earth, Earth Hour inspires each of us to take charge in creating change and to inspire others.
1. Save energy at home. Choose energy-saving appliances if they’re available. Look for Energy Star!
2. Go renewable! Create your own power from wind, the sun, water, or biofuels.
3. Find alternate ways to reduce use of diesel and other fuels for transportation, production and energy.
4. Find out how much of your home’s energy is supplied by renewable sources, seek to increase it. Research or contact your local power provider.via EPA
“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” Native American Proverb
Jaden Smith PSA – The Canopy Project – Earth Day Network
1. Reduce. Cut back on the amount of ‘stuff’ that could later end up as waste.
2. Reuse. Upcycle! Take something that is disposable and transform it into something of greater use and value.
3. Recycle metals, plastics and paper.
4. E-cycle. Recycle and/or properly dispose of electronic waste such as computers and other gadgets.
5. Don’t litter! Properly dispose of trash and waste.
6. When purchasing goods, opt for sustainable, recycled or reused resources. Choose items in less packaging. via EPA
1. Participate in a local environmental festival or event.
2. Organize a local event!
Start a recycling competition at work
Organize a cleanup day in your community, share the before and after photos with Pick5!
3. Establish a Green Award program in your community.
4. Talk to a friend about Pick5!
5. Find a ‘Green Mate’ across the globe, double up to make a difference. Pair up through Pick5 on Twitter, Facebook, let us know how you found each other!
6. Share your commitment on social networking sites.
7. Join or start a green club in your community.
8. Bring environmental education to your local schools and community.
9. Raise Awareness! Talk to others about the state of the environment, locally or globally.via EPA
Positive Motivation Tip: Be the change and help save and heal our planet.