Friday, April 20, 2012

Earth Day - How It All Came About

April 22 is Earth Day, a movement that began in 1970 in the United States, imploring individuals, organizations, businesses, and governments to participate in the development of a healthy, sustainable environment. The first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and thereafter the passage of the 1972 Clean Water Act--a landmark set of strategies that designed water quality standards, compliance monitoring parameters, and enforcement measures for the protection of surface waters.

The EPA has since put into practice rules and regulations relating to the governance of clean air, clean and renewable energy, chemical safety and control, climate control, forest and wildlife protection, environmental cleanup, and recycling programs. The EPA has also contributed to environmental justice by promoting awareness through citizen outreach and partnership programs.

Earth Day went global in 1990, elevating environmental issues onto the world stage and helping mobilize worldwide support for environmental efforts. As a result, everyone from athletes and artists to trainers and teachers have become environmental activists, committing to green living, promoting environmental visions, concepts and experiences, and inspiring others to become involved. Today, the Earth Day network partners with over 22,000 activists in 192 countries, and empowers the participation of over a billion people in Earth Day activities each year.

The premise of Earth Day 2012 is to call upon local, national, and international leaders to suspend fossil fuel subsidies, embrace renewable energy technologies, improve energy efficiency, and facilitate universal access to energy. Earth Day 2012 has been designed to provide citizens and organizations an opportunity to wield "personal responsibility," to take steps toward protecting and preserving the environment using vehicles such as petitions, the Billion Acts of Green, school and community campaigns, and other events. The organizers of Earth Day 2012 will present their accomplishments at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in June 2012.

Become involved. Commit to the future you want. Echo your voice. Share your vision and support. Visit the Earth Day Network for more information.

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