On April 22 it will be 43 years since the very first Earth Day was observed.
Planet Earth has changed a great deal since 1970.
The world seems smaller thanks to the internet, cell phones, and jet planes.
- But the population of the world has grown from 3,706,618,163 in 1970 to 6,848,932,929 in 2010!
- So has the number of cars, from 250 million in 1970 to one billion in 2010.
- We buy bottled water, currently 167 plastic bottles per person in the US annually!
- The amount of CO2 in the earth’s atmosphere is currently at 392 parts per million. We need to be at 350 for the health of the planet.
On the plus side:
- We no longer use DDT. It was banned in the US on December 31, 1972.
- The water is cleaner (in the US anyway).
- And so is the air.
But there is still much work to do, at home, and all over the world.
My good friend Henry Dynia, the Director of Design and Construction at Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven, recently posted a blog entry titled: Earth Day? Why Bother? Henry wrote, “Although the impact of our choices may be tiny in relation to the problems, it is important to take advantage of the choices that are available to us to reduce our personal impacts. One by one, those impacts and better choices will add up to make a difference…”
As we count down to Earth Day 2013, I invite each of you to take one step a day to make the world a better place
Repurpose something old instead of buying something new.
Can you guess what these elegant candlesticks once were?
Come back tomorrow to learn their story.
Love Your Mother (Earth). Pass it on. Together we can make a difference. Yes, we can!