The 40th anniversary of Earth Day has been celebrated all over the world today 22nd April after governments and websites from all corners of the world has showed awareness to the day which was established by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson on April 22, 1970.
The aim of Earth Day is to raise awareness of the worlds environment and is a day which is marked on virtually every country on earth.
The first Earth Day which was celebrated on April 22, 1970 was celebrated by an estimated 20 million people, mainly in the U.S. but in 2010 an estimated 500 million people are celebrating from all over the globe from Mexico to the UK, from Spain to Nigeria.
Organisations which have marked the day include Nasa which published new images of earth in recognition of Earth Day, a photo competition expected to raise millions of dollars, Internet giants Google who depicts it’s logo as a forest, popular search engine Bing.com organised a photo contest for students, several religious sites organising events of their own and many more.
The United States President, Barack Obama also spoke to the nation in which he said “We have made remarkable progress. Today, our air and water are cleaner, pollution has been greatly reduced, and Americans everywhere are living in a healthier environment. That progress continues today, as individuals and entrepreneurs across the country help lay the foundation for a Clean Energy Economy one solar panel, smart meter and energy efficient home at a time,”
Obama continued “Even though we’ve made significant progress, there is much more to do and it’s going to be up to you to make an even bigger difference over the next 40 years, so let’s get to work. Together, we can continue to make progress towards a cleaner environment and a healthier planet.”
The Video can be watched on www.whitehouse.gov.
As NationalTurk we are urging people to help the environment on a day subject which small dchanges can make a huge difference to our ever sensitive planet.
Things such as, leaving the lights on, leaving electrical units on standby, switching to compact fluorescent lamps, catching the bus to work or using a bike, recycle, using less plastic bags and many more.
Example of one of these changes, in 2006 a investigating the British climate found that if everyone in England turns their televisions off, from the plug rather then putting it on standby, seven power stations would be shut down in the country.
These small changes if done by many can make a huge difference.