Happy Earth Day!
Today is Earth Day! Over a billion people in 192 countries around the world are taking action on behalf of the environment—planting trees, cleaning up their communities, biking to work, starting recycling programs, teaching young people about environmental issues, buying locally-grown foods, and much more.
While today is certainly a monumental day, we must build off this momentum. The environmental challenges of our time are urgent, and solving them will require the sustained, coordinated efforts of people all around the globe.
Earth Day Network will continue to collect and display photos that depict the Face of Climate Change over the next several months, with the hope of sending a powerful message to world leaders at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 19) in December. Your stories have been inspiring; keep them coming!
There are lots of other ways you can get involved throughout the year.
A Billion Acts of Green® is an ongoing campaign that inspires and aggregates individual acts of environmental service around the world. We reached our goal of one billion actions, and we’re now shooting for two billion! Pledge your Act of Green here.
Also, check out our Green Schools campaign. We provide education materials to help build awareness about environmental issues.
Through The Canopy Project, Earth Day Network also plants millions of trees around the world – in the places that need them most. Trees are important in fighting climate change, providing soil stability, restoring wildlife habitat, stabilizing local economies and more. Learn how you can contribute here.
Most importantly, we must all continue our efforts to live more sustainably and share the green message with as many people as we can. Our children’s future depends on it. Remember: a lot of little actions add up to something big.
Earth Day 2014 will be here before you know it. It’s never too early to start planning how you’re going to make a difference!
This entry reflects the author’s personal judgments and does not represent the views of the United States Government or the Department of State.