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The 43rd Earth Day Was Yesterday… Hug A Tree Every Day..!

Is it enough to celebrate our Earth Day,  just one day?  We must celebrate and honor our planet, every day with our behavior and by paying respect for the environment… Theory? But we can hug a tree:

Hug a tree! 5 fun facts about Earth Day – Fox News

It’s a day to celebrate the most famous mother of all — Mother Earth. This Monday (April 22) marked the 43rd Earth Day, with more than 1 billion people in 192 countries expected to participate in activities this year. Though Earth Day is mainstream now, its roots go back to the radical 1960s. So as people break ground for a tree planting or take a few hours to recycle their old laptops, LiveScience looks back at the role Earth Day played in environmental change. From its hippie roots to its global reach, here are five fun facts about Earth Day.

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More importantly, then, was the anti-Vietnam war protests. Today it is about averting environmental destruction:

Earth Day: 22 Ways to Honor the Planet – Patch.com

The Earth Day, was founded in 1970 by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson. Nelson was inspired in part by the anti-Vietnam war protests and wanted to inspire a similar level of activism against environmental destruction. Since then, Earth Day has become a global event that has raised awareness of many environmental issues including deforestation and global warming. Much has changed for good in the many years since Earth Day was born. When I was a nature-loving child, even my tree-hugging family did not recycle. Everything went in the trash. Although we had a substantial garden and grew much of our own food, my parents did not compost. My environmentally conscious father made me a great swing out of a recycled tire, but like everyone else those days, he did not know yet how to properly dispose of leftover paint and cleaning products. And all those hazardous liquids went down our drain and eventually into the ocean.

Today’s environmental realities are here, and a huge power plant working in the North of Jakarta releases big quantities of carbon dioxide, because of coal:

A Tough Balancing Act to Climate Change – Jakarta Globe

The smoke billows from the slender chimney stacks of the power plant on North Jakarta’s shore, reaching ever higher before dissipating in the atmosphere. Untold amounts of pollutants flood the air, and the biggest culprit for global warming — carbon dioxide — is released.  The facility, fueled by coal, generates power for factories and thousands of homes across Indonesia’s capital. But the scene could have played out in any city in the world, be it an emerging nation or a developed one such as the United States.  As the world observed Earth Day, with the theme on climate change, leaders from many countries are making a determined effort to prevent global temperatures from rising even further and to respond to drastic changes in the weather worldwide. And trying to balance economic growth with lower emissions is the biggest challenge facing both emerging economies as well as developed countries.  The Danish minister for foreign affairs, Villy Søvndal, met with his Indonesian counterpart, Marty Natalegawa, last week to strengthen bilateral ties between the two nations, particularly in dealing with climate change. Issues included seeking renewable energy sources.  Marty emphasized Indonesia’s willingness to develop a green economy and green infrastructure with Denmark, which has earned a reputation for being at the forefront of environmental protection.  Denmark spends the equivalent of 1 percent of its economy in controlling its pollution — an amount similar to other Scandinavian countries — and spends more to help other countries, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Finally, environmental protection directly relates to today’s human behavior, education and economy. Celebrating the Earth Day it is just not enough…

 



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