This post was written by guest blogger Katherine “Koko” Owens, EDF Communications Intern, US Climate and Energy Program.
By now many of us know that Earth Day is this coming Monday. Countries around the world have been celebrating Earth Day every April 22 since 1970, when the Clean Air Act was enacted. It’s a day when citizens of the world stop for just a moment to appreciate the planet on which we live, reflect on how to protect our precious resources, and most importantly, improve the sustainability and quality of life for all.
According to Wikipedia, the April 22 date was designated as International Mother Earth Day after the United Nations adopted a resolution in 2009. Earth Day is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and is celebrated in more than 192 countries each year.
Because April 22 falls on a Monday this year, many Earth Day events throughout the state of Texas will be held on Saturday and Sunday. I have the happy privilege of joining some of my fellow EDFers on Saturday and Sunday at the Earth Day Dallas festival, where we invite all of our Texas Clean Air Matters readers to visit and say hello. We will have coloring activities for those young, budding environmentalists and information on all of EDF’s initiatives.
This year, we will have EDF representatives talking about the environment related to oceans, ecosystems, our Climate Corps and Texas’ energy resources. Naturally, I’ll be on the lookout for all things related to air quality and promise to remind visitors of the significance of the Clean Air Act.
If you live elsewhere in the state, be sure to search online for events taking place in your neighborhood. Here is some information on a few happenings this weekend:
- Earth Day Austin: This one-day event will feature guest speakers, workshops and of course, live music supporting Earth Day 2013. Also, be sure to visit Interfaith Environmental Network of Austin and Climate Buddies and pick up a copy of “Becoming Carbon Positive: A Manual for Places of Worship”. This manual, beta tested with five local congregations, led to an amazing 1 million pound carbon dioxide emission reduction in 2012. That’s something to celebrate!
- El Paso’s Earth Day Celebration: Their yearly event, held by the City of El Paso Environmental Services Department and participating partners, includes the Museums and Cultural Affairs Department, the El Paso Downtown Management District, and many more. This outdoor celebration will be held in conjunction with the Downtown Artist Market.
- Earth Day Texoma: A one-day free event with entertainment, plant sales and recycling workshops.
*Houston celebrated Earth Day this past weekend: Read the highlights.
I hope to see you in Dallas, but if you will be celebrating Earth Day elsewhere, then I leave you with this quote from Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it's not.”
Have a great Earth Day!