Earth Day

When the last tree has been cut, the last fish caught, the last river poisoned, only then you will realize that you cannot eat money

a native American saying

Ignoring global warming, rising sea levels, melting glaciers, and the extinction of certain ecosystems is now impossible. Irresponsible behavior of men has caused climate change and our planet is seriously in danger.

The Earth Day wants to underline the necessity to protect our planet. It aims to face the climate change and give the Earth a future. Today the Earth Day celebrates its 52nd anniversary. It was born in 1970 thanks to John McConnell , an American activist, who founded the Earth Society Foundation. In 1969, 20 million people protested against Santa Barbara (California) oil spill in the USA and it was the starting point of a raising awareness on environmental issues. Groups that had been fighting individually against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, pesticides, the loss of wilderness and the extinction of wildlife united on Earth Day around these shared common values.

Today around one billion people from more than 190 countries join demonstrations, projects and initiatives in efforts to help protect the planet.

The Earth Day or Mother Earth Day is celebrated every year on April 22, that is one month and 2 days after the spring equinox. Every year Earth Day has a different issue and this year the attention is on “Invest in our planet” : green investments for a sustainable future are the focus of the organizers from Earthday.org. Sustainability is the imperative!

A new sensibility towards nature and a more responsible behavior are the only way to save our planet and everyone, everyday, has to fight against pollution and make better choices for the planet we share.

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Autore:

Elena Attennante – Sara Miceli

Classe:

II B – Furci Siculo

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