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Earth Day 2019

April 22

“In nature, nothing exists alone.”
Rachel Carson, 1962

Nature’s gift to our planet are the millions of species that we know and love, and many more that we have still to discover. Unfortunately, human beings have irrevocably altered the balance of nature and the world is facing a mass extinction of species at the greatest rate of extinction since we lost the dinosaurs more than 60 million years ago.. But unlike the fate of the dinosaurs, the rapid extinction of species in our world is the result of human development. The causes are many: climate change, deforestation, habitat loss, pollution, unsustainable agriculture, and pesticides to name a few, and the impacts are far reaching. If we do not act now, extinction may be our most enduring legacy.

The good news is that if we take action, we can stop extinction.

This year, Earth Day Network is asking that we join together to protect our species.

The biggest lesson from the first Earth Day: When we come together, the impact can be monumental. Go green with us by making small changes that add up to making a big difference. Commit to earth-friendly acts, make more sustainable choices, reduce your carbon footprint, conserve energy and resources, collaborate on environmental projects in your community, vote for leaders committed to protect us and the environment, and share your acts of green to help educate and inspire others to join our movement! Start protecting our environment today and help us create a healthy, more sustainable future.

For our 50th Anniversary in 2020, we’re hoping to reach 3 billion acts of green. Together we’ve reached 2,688,209,868 acts of green. Let’s keep it up: Commit to your own act of green!

More ways to take action are below.

 

  • TAKE THE PESTICIDE PLEDGE
    Pledge to stop using pesticides and protect pollinators.
  • END PLASTIC POLLUTION
    Take personal responsibility! Join the campaign. Talk to others about this problem. Organize an event on Earth Day or a Teach-In anytime.
  • MAKE YOUR OWN ACT OF GREEN
    We need your help and your personal action. Please engage our campaign by creating your own Act of Green, and help us reach 3 billion Acts of Green by our 50th Anniversary in 2020.
  • PLANT A TREE OR DONATE TO PLANT A TREE
    Deforestation contributes to species extinction, poverty, and is responsible for up to 15% of the global greenhouse gas emissions causing climate change. Planting trees is one of the easiest and most important ways to fight climate change.
  • REDUCE YOUR FOOTPRINT
    Take the Ecological Footprint Quiz and learn how you can reduce your impact on the planet.
  • EAT LESS MEAT
    The meat industry generates nearly one-fifth of the man-made greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. Help make a difference by limiting your meat consumption.

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Species Facts

  • The number of animals living on the land has fallen by 40% since 1970.
  • Marine animal populations have also fallen by 40% overall.
  • Overall, 40 percent of the world’s 11,000 bird species are in decline.
  • Animal populations in freshwater ecosystems have plummeted by 75% since 1970.
  • Insect populations have declined by between 60 and 75% in some places of the world.
  • About a quarter of the world’s coral reefs have already been damaged beyond repair, and 75 percent of the world’s coral reefs are at risk from local and global stresses.
  • It is estimated that humans have modified more than 50% of Earth’s land surface, which has affected many ecosystems as well as the range in which specific species of wildlife used to exist.
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