Every year on April 22, Earth Day marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. This video highlights a news broadcast on the first Earth Day more than 50 years ago. While the message is bleak for the time, the good news is that a lot of progress has been made since then, improving the quality of our air, water, and the environment.
This year’s theme is “Invest In Our Planet”, which highlights the importance of dedicating our time, resources, and energy to solving climate change and other environmental issues. Investing in our planet is necessary to protect it and the best way to pave a path towards a prosperous future.
More than one billion people in over 190 countries are mobilized for action every Earth Day. There are a lot of different things you can do to support the efforts whether participating in an area clean up, planting trees, become a citizen scientist, and more.
You can also take the Pesticide Pledge. Research indicates that pesticides, chiefly neonicotinoids, are a leading threat to pollinator populations across the planet. Neonicotinoids or neonics kill insects by attacking their nerve cells. Many insects poisoned with neonics suffer uncontrollable twitching, shaking, paralysis, or death.
We need pollinators to ensure the persistence of our crop yields and ensure healthy sustainable ecosystems now and in the future. We can’t afford to continue contributing to the collapse of pollinator species and the decline of their populations. Help protect pollinators by pledging to go pesticide-free!