It’s the 40th anniversary of the first Earth Day today.
Events over the last six months or so have brought the planet into focus even more. Despite overwhelming scientific evidence of climate change and demonstrations of the destructive power of nature (including in Iceland over the last week) the climate change denial movement is growing, there has been a failure to reach global agreement on continued action and as yet no national legislation in the US.
Nevertheless, there is a lot going on for Earth day – there’s a dedicated web site in the US, where Earth Day started. The web site of the EPA in the US also has a lot of coverage of activities. Unfortunately in the UK we’re in the run up to a General Election, which means that government departments avoid anything considered controversial. I assume that’s the reason for no mention of Earth Day on the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s web site (although there wasn’t any last year either).
According to the Earth Day 2010 campaign web site; ‘Earth Day 2010 can be a turning point to advance climate policy, energy efficiency, renewable energy and green jobs. Earth Day 2010 is a pivotal opportunity for individuals, corporations and governments to join together and create a global green economy’. Apparently more than one billion people in 190 countries are taking action.