This is the third blog in our series of guest posts by the Earth Day Network. Check out the first post here and the second post here! Check out the Face of Climate Change wall of photos for even more inspiration – you can even submit your own!
The Face of Climate Change is ever-present in North and South America. In recent years, major swaths of the region have suffered from longer, more intense droughts, increased wildfires and seasonal flooding, and salinization of soil and drinking water supplies. To combat these impacts, individuals throughout the region are participating in clean-ups, educating themselves, and committing to living more sustainably.
In Brazil, The Face of Climate Change is increasingly severe flood and drought cycles over the last decade. This photo, taken in Sao Paulo in February, reflects the devastating nature of these events.
These Earth Day participants live in a LEED Certified community in Ossining, New York, and work hard to care for the environment. They hold an Earth Day fair every year and continue to educate themselves about how to take action on issues like climate change.
On Earth Day, the Face of Climate Change will show itself at The National History Museum of Jamaica in Kingston. They have planned a 2013 Earth Day Competition for secondary students around the country. Students are asked to submit individual entries in literary arts, posters, and photography categories focusing on water conservation and climate change. Winners will be announced on April 23 at a special ceremony at the Museum. In Peru, Amazon Shelter is organizing an Earth Day event in Lima with a municipal mayor to educate community members about climate change. Participants will create art exhibits related to climate change. Also, Amazon Shelter staff will be at the Zoo Camposanto, where most of the animals come from illegal trafficking. They will meet with local students to teach about climate change and other environmental issues. Meanwhile, organizers in Guatemala plan a nationwide clean-up event for Earth Day each year. For Earth Day 2013, event officials expect more than 50,000 volunteers across 22 regions of the country to participate.
Thousands of other Earth Day events will take place in North and South America on and around April 22. To learn more and add your Face of Climate Change, go to www.earthday.org/2013.
This entry reflects the author’s personal judgments and does not represent the views of the United States Government or the Department of State.