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With a new Millenium providing fresh new energy, Earth Day 2000 leveraged global and local individuals, the power of the internet, and over five thousand environmental groups in over 184 countries to reach out to millions.
It sent a clear message to those in power: Citizens from across the world demand accountability towards environmental issues.
As Earth Day completed forty years, it battled new enemies: Climate change deniers and oil lobbyists with deep pockets. Other challenges were a distracted public, shrewd politicians and a divided environmental community.
Yet the collective power of global environmental activists won over these challenges, and established EARTHDAY.ORG, bringing millions of people into the environmental movement.
Earth Day activates over a billion people every year on 22nd April, and is the largest secular observance across the world.
As world leaders are relentlessly valuing greed over the environment, the citizens of the world are rising up to take action for our planet and its inhabitants.
In 1990, Earth Day mobilized 200 million individuals in over 140 countries, catapulting environmental issues on the global stage.
The recycling efforts across the world got a huge boost and paved the way for a UN Earth Summit to happen in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. The Earth Day Founder, Senator Gaylord Nelson was awarded the Presidential Medal Of Freedom.
Earth Day is celebrated on 22nd April every year. The first Earth Day was celebrated on 22nd April, 1970 following the ravaging oil spill in Santa Barbara in January 1969. Senator Gaylord Nelson was inspired by the student anti-war movement and wanted to infuse the student energy into the emerging consciousness of the public about pollution. He and his co-chair Pete McCloskey recruited an young activist, Denis Hayes, to maximize student support. He organized campus teach-ins on April 22, 1970 as it was a weekday falling between Spring Break and Final Exams.
The Travel and Tourism industry always thrived on big. Big cruise ships, crowded national parks, and large scale corporatization.
The trillion dollar bailouts and stimulus packages should be for sustainability and worker benefits, and not just to ensure the business gets back to where it was before the Pandemic.
Supposing as true the fact that "mankind is superior to all the other animals" we have major responsabilities on our shoulders.
Let me make an example:
Plastic by itself is really an extraordinary item , the problem with it is HOW do we manage plastic. Infact is recognised that we should avoid plastic waste and we should be more responsible in using it (even switching to non-plastic items).
Now let me ask you, HOW DO WE TREAT ANIMALS? IS THAT RESPONSIBLE AND FAIR?