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Time to Celebrate the Home Planet: This Sunday Is Earth Day

posted by Sarah N Worthy IATTWJ Member @ 9:21 AM
April 20, 2012

 In fiction and reality, man attempts to fly off into space to look for other planets where ‘some’ people can live.  But for billions of human beings who are firmly rooted on this soil, Earth is man’s home.  Sunday, April 22, 2012, is Earth Day: a good time to remind ourselves that we must take better care of planet home.

 Starting in 1970, in what some consider the start of the environmental movement, Earth Day is now celebrated in 175 countries every year.  In 2009, the United Nations designated April 22 as International Mother Earth Day.
 
 The movement started in San Francisco, where the special day was named after Saint Francis, known as the patron saint of ecology.  That ‘beautiful city on the bay,’ and other cities in the United States chose March 21st as the date to celebrate the planet because it is the first day of Spring.  But that same year, U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson held a separate environmental teach-in on April 22, and this became the date universally agreed upon.

 Eventually Denis Hayes and Pam Lippe, among other original Earth Day organizers, founded the Earth Day Network to reinforce environmental activism around the globe.  Today the international network has 19,000 organizations in 192 countries where groups are promoting protection of Mother Earth!

 This year, most cities around this country will hold special Earth Day events.  And various industries have added commercial efficiency contributions to the celebration.  For example, on Sunday Philips will begin selling its 20-Year-Light Bulb.  At a cost of $ 60.00 per bulb, the new product only uses 10 watts of power.  It will last for 30,000 hours, or 30 times the standard light bulb.  Some 280 utility companies offering rebates on the bulbs brings the cost down to $ 25.00 each.

 Also, Mark Fischetti of Scientific American reveals that in celebration of this year’s Earth Day Hewlett-Packard and Staples stores will allow consumers to bring  in used electronics for recycling for free, no matter the make or purchase location.

 Fischetti also points out that students at 284 universities in 48 countries have been competing for a month to see which ‘go-getters’ can promote the most ‘acts of green,’ including “everything from writing down personal act-of-green pledges to leading community clean-ups, expanding environmental initiatives already underway at their schools and yes, organizing major Earth Day events.”

 Of course, each city has Earth Day events planned.  In the nation’s capital there will be a concert of well-known artists on the National Mall.  We encourage our readers to find out what their cities and towns have planned.

 Remember that God made this Earth to be man’s home planet.  As wholesale Christian Bibles explain:  “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth (Genesis 1: 1).”  He made it for us to love and cherish His creation.  So far, we haven’t been doing a good job of it.  Sunday’s celebration reminds us to do better.

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