On Sunday, millions of people around the world participated in Earth Day. Here is the last set of international stories about Earth Day celebrations from the people who bring you Earth Day each year: the Earth Day Network. Tomorrow we will recap some of the history of how the yearly celebration got started and explore more international environmental projects.
Naples is mobilizing for Earth Day 2012 through a massive day-long festival. Earth Day Network partner Earth Day Italia is organizing the event – which will feature musical performances and fashion shows – to draw attention to environmental problems in Italy and around the world, raise money to support ecological preservation initiatives, and promote a green lifestyle. Last year’s event took place in Rome; this year’s Mobilize the Earth-themed event is expected to draw 10 thousand participants. The event will also be screened online so people all over the world will have a chance to participate.
“Since its inception, the Italian Earth Day has worked to host our event in order to raise public awareness on critical environmental problems on Earth. Through music and fashion, Earth Day Italia brings people together who are working to form a more sustainable Italy and a more sustainable planet. The Giornata della Terra or Earth Day is an event that will stay in the minds of Italians for years to come.” – Claudio Sestili, President of Earth Day Italia.
In Thailand, Earth Day Network partner Plant a Tree Today (PATT) Foundation is mobilizing by holding a Family Planting Day on April 22 in Khao Yai. All of the trees planted will be added to Earth Day Network’s environmental service campaign, A Billion Acts of Green®.
The event is designed to raise awareness about climate change and other environmental problems while helping children learn about different tree planting techniques, forest evolution, and the difference between reforestation and forest restoration.
“Not only is it beneficial for the planet to plant trees but it’s also important for children to understand the benefits that reforesting our planet brings. And what better way than to get the whole family out there to help us ‘save the planet one tree at a time!’.” – Andrew Steel, Founder of PATT Foundation.
*These events are two of thousands being held around the world for Earth Day 2012. To find or start a local event and learn how you can get involved in Mobilize the Earth™, go to www.earthday.org/2012.