Nearly forty years ago, U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson announced a nationwide grassroots demonstration that would later be known as Earth Day. This demonstration was held on April 22, 1970, and is regarded as the birthday of the modern environmental movement. We’ve come a long way since the first Earth Day. Through education, activism, and hope, the environmental movement has brought change and most importantly, nationwide awareness to the issues that threaten our world. But despite all our efforts through the past forty years, we still have a long road ahead of us.
Climate change, environmental sustainability, and the depletion of wildlife habitats are just a few of the major issues facing our planet right now. While we each do our part by making responsible choices in our daily lives, you may be surprised to find out that you can make an even bigger difference without ever leaving your chair. Through communication and activism you can help to initiate legislative changes that can have a huge impact on the environment. A simple phone call, email, or letter can make a huge impact when it is combined with thousands of other voices. To find out more about how you can speak out for the changes you care about please visit one or more of the following websites:
Earth Day Network’s Call for Climate
Today, The Earth Day Network is organizing a massive worldwide phone campaign. People from all around the world will be calling their local governments asking them to enact tough and fair climate legislation. If climate change is something you care about, visit The Earth Day Network to find out how you can call in for the climate.
Organic Consumer’s Association Action Center
The Organic Consumer Association is an online, grassroots, non-profit organization dedicated to sustainability, food safety, and environmental awareness. If you are passionate about organics, fair trade, and environmental sustainability than you will find their action center to be a very valuable resource. There are many different causes to take part in on this page.
Take Action With the World Wildlife Fund
The World Wildlife Fund has a long history of campaigning for the protection of the world’s creatures and their habitats. Help them speak out on behalf of the world’s animals.
Thanks to the internet, activism is easier than ever. Remember, every voice counts, but yours can only be heard if you are brave enough to speak up! Happy Earth Day Planet Earth!