Earth Week 2013

Last weekend you may have been one of the thousands of central Ohioans who took part in what has become our country’s largest volunteer service effort, Earth Day. Trees were planted, invasive plants pulled, neighborhoods cleaned up and gardens prepared at more than 100 volunteer activities throughout central Ohio.

Monday, April 22, marked the 43rd Earth Day. More than 1 billion people in 192 countries were estimated to have participated in activities this year. Since the first Earth Day was held April 22, 1970, the movement has played a vital role in environmental change. 

In the early days, Earth Day demonstrations garnered public support for the formation of the Environmental Protection Agency and contributed to the passage of the Clean Water, Clean Air and Endangered Species acts.

Today, the Earth Day Network works with more than 22,000 partners around the world to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement. Core programs for 2013 include promoting environmental education in schools and creating dialogues about transferring a fossil fuel-based economy to one based on sustainable development principles.

Many infographics have circulated this week in celebration of the movement, below is one I found particularly interesting.

Infographic sourced via Edudemic

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