EARTH DAY is a time to celebrate all the work on tree planting, Youth 4 Climate initiatives and the Paris Summit promises...and keep going in Scarsdale, NY 10583 & Beyond
The movement continues, I remember the first Earth Day festival on the Capital Mall in Washington, D.C.
Earth Day is celebrating its 46th year, with a movement that continues "to inspire, challenge ideas, ignite passion and motivate people to action!"
In 1970, the year of the first Earth Day, this movement opened our eyes and gave its voice to an emerging consciousness about environmental issues and threats to our planet. Now, 46 years later, the world is involved and many of us drive hybrids, turn off the water more and try to help our planet, even in our small backyards in Westchester, NY
And so it begins. Today. Right here and right now. Earth Day is more than just a single day — April 22, 2016. It’s bigger than attending a rally and taking a stand.
As the organizers say: This Earth Day and beyond, let’s make big stuff happen. Let’s plant 7.8 billion trees for the Earth. Let’s divest from fossil fuels and make cities 100% renewable. Let’s take the momentum from the 2016 Paris Climate Summit and build on it.
Let’s start now. And let’s not stop: VIsit them at: earthday.org/#sthash.Gp8V1tak.dpuf
Last September, 194 young people stood in the balcony at United Nations Headquarters in New York and witnessed the adoption of the 2030 Agenda. More than 7 million Millennials young people from all corners of around the globe spoke up and seized the opportunity to vote on their priorities for the Sustainable Development Goals, and they placed climate change at the top of their list.
Key points on why climate change education matters:
– Long-term, independent records from weather stations, satellites, ocean buoys, tide gauges and many other data sources all confirm that our nation -- like the rest of the world -- is warming. . Scientists who study climate change confirm that these observations are consistent with significant changes in Earth’s climatic trends. (U.S. National Climate Assessment, 2014)
Both penguins in the Antarctic and Arctic polar bears and their cubs are at risk as species!!
– Over the 21st century, climate scientists expect Earth’s temperature to continue increasing, very likely more than it did during the 20th century. Two anticipated results are rising global sea level and increasing frequency and intensity of heat waves, droughts, and floods. These changes will affect almost every aspect of human society, including economic prosperity, human and environmental health, and national security. (USGCRP Climate Literacy, 2009)
HOUSTON FLOODS, 2016
– Climate change will bring economic and environmental challenges as well as opportunities, and citizens who have an understanding of climate science will be better prepared to respond to both. (USGCRP Climate Literacy, 2009)
– Society needs citizens who understand the climate system and know how to apply that knowledge in their careers and in their engagement as active members of their communities. (USGCRP Climate Literacy, 2009)
– Climate change will continue to be a significant element of public discourse. Understanding the essential principles of climate science will enable all people to assess news stories and contribute to their everyday conversations as informed citizens. (USGCRP Climate Literacy, 2009)
The #Youth4Climate social media campaign is an effort led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the U.S. Department of Energy, the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC), the CLEAN Network, The Wild Center, the World Bank Group’s global partnership program Connect4Climate, Climate Generation, Earth Day Network, Climate Interactive,Climate Sign, and others. It is an open discussion for all to join the youth call for climate action.
Young people are a powerful global influence. More than one billion around the world are influencing their schools, communities and families, and they are the most interconnected, digitally savvy generation ever to live. In order to tackle the complex issue of climate change, we need skilled, educate young leaders that feel empowered to innovate solutions.
- See more at: earthday.org/2016/04/20/youth4climate-inspiring-young-people-engage-parisagreement-discussions-beyond/#sthash.w5FnEgyF.dpuf
Go get 'em, America, we started this movement you environmental tigers and now it's a global initiative. Let's make this an Earth year and not just one day of awareness.