Earth Day is a global event which takes place every year, involving more than 1 billion people across 192 countries. The worldwide event has become a day of political action and participation.
The theme for the 2019 edition of Earth Day which took place on April 22nd this year, is ‘Protect our Species‘ – a highly important topic in todays current environment. The unprecedented global destruction and rapid reduction of plant and wildlife populations are directly linked to causes driven by human activity: climate change, deforestation, habitat loss, trafficking and poaching, unsustainable agriculture, pollution and pesticides to name just a few. The impacts are far reaching and all encompassing.
Nature’s gifts to our planet are the millions of species that we know and love, and many more that remain to be discovered. Unfortunately, human beings have irrevocably upset the balance of nature and, as a result, the world is facing the greatest rate of extinction since we lost the dinosaurs more than 60 million years ago. But unlike the fate of the dinosaurs, the rapid extinction of species in our world today is the result of human activity. If we do not act now, extinction may be humanity’s most enduring legacy.
“In nature, nothing exists alone.”
Rachel Carson, 1962
All living things have an intrinsic value, and each plays a unique role in the complex web of life. We must work together to protect endangered and threatened species as well as our coral reefs and marine life.
The good news is that the rate of extinctions can still be slowed, and many of our declining, threatened and endangered species can still recover if we work together now to build a united global movement to demand immediate action.
Earth Day is asking people to join our Protect our Species campaign. Our goals are to:
- Educate and raise awareness about the accelerating rate of extinction of millions of species and the causes and consequences of this phenomenon.
- Achieve major policy victories that protect groups of species as well as individual species and their habitats.
- Build and activate a global movement that embraces nature and its values.
- Encourage individual actions such as adopting plant based diet and stopping pesticide and herbicide use.
For more information on how to get involved in Earth Day, visit earthday.org
Information and press release courtesy of Earth Day.