More than one billion people across 192 countries now participate in activities, with planting trees being one of the most popular ways to show support.
Earth Day 2013 has been given a major boost thanks to Google featuring it as its doodle.
This is Google’s 13th Earth Day doodle. Today’s elaborate animation shows the cycle of seasons represented by the rising and falling sun and moon. Users can play and pause the moon and sun on four different images.
US senator Gaylord Nelson conceived the idea for the event in the wake of the 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. The first Earth Day began in 1970 when 20 million Americans took to the streets to demand a sustainable environment and it is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement.
- The History of Earthday (winwinforacause.wordpress.com)
- Earth Day – Every Day (ichoosecleanworld.wordpress.com)
- Live: How Earth Day 2013 is being celebrated around the world (mirror.co.uk)
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Endangered Species Day is an opportunity for people young and old to learn about the importance of protecting endangered species and everyday actions that people can take to help protect our nation’s disappearing wildlife and last remaining open space. Protecting America’s wildlife and plants today is a legacy we leave to our children and grandchildren, so that all Americans can experience the rich variety of native species that help to define our nation.
Started by the United States Senate, Endangered Species Day is the third Friday in May. Every year, thousands of people throughout the country celebrate Endangered Species Day at parks, wildlife refuges, zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens, libraries, schools and community centers. You can participate in festivals, field trips, park tours, community clean-ups, film showings, classroom presentations, and many other fun and educational activities.
Plan your own Endangered Species Day event!
Find everything you need in our Endangered Species Day Toolkit, including a step-by-step guide to planning an Endangered Species Day event and materials to make your event fun and successful. Then tell everyone about your event with our Endangered Species Day event registration form.
Learn about endangered species where you live
- Teachers and other educators find resources in Endangered Species Day Educational Materials. This guide includes lesson plans, handouts and factsheets.
Protect Endangered Species At Home
- Check out the Top 10 Things You Can Do at Home to Protect Endangered Species. Pick one to do on Endangered Species Day and try the rest of the list throughout the year.
This Endangered Species Day, show your support for threatened and endangered species by replacing your profile picture or avatar on Facebook, Twitter or Google with a picture of your favorite species.
See The Winning Entries in The 2011 Endangered Species Day Art Contest
Children in grades K-12 submitted artwork, posters and pictures to this yearsEndangered Species Day Artwork Contest. The winner’s work will be exhibited at Ogden Museum of Southern Art. The winner of the Endangered Species Day Art Contest was chosen by an incredible panel of artists, photographers and wildlife experts. You may view winning entires here.
Meet Our Endangered Species Day Ambassadors
Pass an Endangered Species Day Resolution
- The United States Senate has for several previous years passed a resolution creating Endangered Species Day. Many states, counties and cities have also passed similar resolutions or proclamations supporting Endangered Species Day. Ask your state or city pass an Endangered Species Day resolution. For an example, see the recently passed United States Senate Endangered Species Day Resolution for 2010 (S.Res 503) .
- source : http://www.stopextinction.org/esd.html
- “Remember endangered species on May 20″ and related posts (blogs.orlandosentinel.com)
- Michael Brune: No Species Is an Island (huffingtonpost.com)
- On Endangered Species Day, Survival Still Threatened for 6 Key Species (treehugger.com)
- Help save threatened and endangered plants in honor of Endangered Species Day! (fldpi.wordpress.com)
- One Quarter of European Animals at Risk of Extinction (treehugger.com)
- “Happy Endangered Species Day” and related posts (holykaw.alltop.com)
- An Accord on Endangered Species (green.blogs.nytimes.com)
- The American fighter pilot: endangered species (crufc.ca)
- A Debate Over Endangered Species (green.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Does God Want Man to Kill Endangered Species? (aliberalpatriot.com)
We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. — Native American Proverb
Small acts of green can make a big difference! Imagine what a billion acts would do…
What did YOU do for Nature today?
A viral campaign to celebrate Earthy Day will see about 500 communities hosting simultaneous picnics around the world.
In a gesture meant to reconnect people to the earth, Picnic for the Planet will see groups across Canada, the US, the UK, Colombia, France, Singapore, Romania and Mexico grab a patch of grass and eat, literally, off the land.
Interested picnickers can join existing groups on social networking site Meetup.com, or start their own local outing.
The event is organized by the NatureConservancy, an environmental group that spans the US and the 32 countries.
The group is also challenging picnickers to host events in a variety of categories, like largest picnic, coldest, highest altitude, cleanest, northernmost, southernmost, and most remote picnic.
To green your dinner plate, the Nature Conservancy offers a few straightforward tips: learning more about what’s in the food; eating local; eating seasonal ingredients; consuming more fruits and vegetables and less meat; and eating sustainableseafood.
Earlier this month, Greenpeace USA released a scorecard rating major grocery chains for their record on seafood sustainability and ranked Safeway the top retailer,http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/en/campaigns/oceans/seafood/
Some key links
- Google Doodle Celebrates Earth Day (femaleimagination.wordpress.com)
- Earth Day celebrated with a Google doodle: 10 things you need to know (mirror.co.uk)
- Earth Day Freebies: The Best Free Earth Day 2011 Promotions (PHOTOS) (huffingtonpost.com)
Launched by Carbonfund.org, which supports third-party renewable energy and reforestation projects around the world, the free online search engine is powered by Bing and hosts sponsored advertisements through Yahoo!.
The revenue generated by these advertisements is then donated by Carbonfund.org to environmental projects around the world, including the Haiti Reforestation Initiative, and the India Mangrove Project.
The green nature of the search engine does not appear to change results in any way; for instance typing “BP” into www.envirosearch.org produces the energy company’s homepage as the top result rather than information regarding the recent oil spill in which it was involved – the same results that are returned on www.bing.com.
‘Green’ search engines have been in existence for several years and are growing in popularity; perhaps one of the biggest is the Google-powered http://www.carbonneutralsearch.co.uk/ which buys carbon offsets to make searches carbon neutral.
Search engine www.gigablast.com claims to generate 90 percent of its energy usage from wind energy and the Yahoo! powered www.goodsearch.com allows users to choose one of the participating charities – including many dedicated to the environment – to sponsor with their searches; US$0.01 is then donated to the charity of the user’s choice.
Other business models of ‘green’ search engines include www.greenmaven.com which, rather than donating profits, filters results and only returns hits from those from sites that are environmentally friendly or promote a green cause; and www.ecoseek.net which searches for environmentally friendly products.