Earth Day 2016: A Turning Point For Progress
While at a 1969 UNESCO Conference in San Francisco, peace activist John McConnell proposed a day to honor the Earth and the concept of peace. This first "Earth Day" celebration was to be celebrated on March 21, 1970, as it would mark the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. This day in nature was later sanctioned in a proclamation written by McConnell and signed at The United Nations by Secretary General U Thant.
However, a month later a different Earth Day was proclaimed by U.S Senator Gaylor Nelson. It was as an environmental educational forum first held on April 22, 1970. Denis Hayes, the original national coordinator in 1970, took the event international in 1990. The first year the celebration included a community of over 140 countries, and the movement (obviously) only continued to grow.
The annual event, now celebrated on April 22 worldwide, includes various activities to demonstrate support for environmental protection. The Earth Day Network currently coordinates the global events in more than 193 countries each year, and this year is a big one. Today, Earth Day 2016, the landmark Paris Agreement is scheduled to be signed by the United States, China, and over 140 other countries.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke to all world leaders at the historic Paris Agreement in December 2015, inviting them to a signing ceremony on Earth day 2016. During the Paris talks world leaders agreed to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius, with developed countries providing $100 billionof public and private finance to help developing countries by 2020 (telegraph.co.uk).
The signing event will take place at UN Headquarters in New York on the first day the agreement will be open for signature, and it's so much more than just pen to paper. It's a historic draft and climate protection treaty, one that has the possibility to save our planet and home. This years theme is "Trees For The Earth", so even if you don't have time to plant one today, go climb one (or grow tiny microgreens instead!). Or perhaps you prefer to sit underneath a tree with a picnic and good book. Whatever you choose, go outside and enjoy Mother Nature's gifts.
We love knowing the world and its people are making progress in protecting our resources and our home. And we know that we all must do our part to preserve natural life. It's important that we care deeply about sustainability, so today we will be dipping our toes in the sea, playing in the sand and definitely hugging a tree. We will breathe in the air deeply, be thankful for this life and look to the stars at night as Mother Earth keeps spinning.
And for dinner we're (of course) going green and cooking up some yummy vegan dishes with our homegrown microgreens. What do your Earth Day plans include? Let us know in the comment section below and sign-up to hear more from our professional growers and chefs. We are always looking for new inspiration and we wish all of our readers a happy & healthy Earth Day!