Tomorrow, April 22, marks the 47th annual Earth Day celebration.
On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans across the country demonstrated in order to advocate for the importance of a healthy, sustainable environment. These demonstrations were a collaboration of bipartisan groups that were concerned with everything from oil spills to pesticide use to deforestation and resulted in the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.
Since then, Earth Day has become a global event with over 22,000 organizations in 192 countries participating. This makes it the largest secular event across the globe.
While this is undoubtedly impressive, especially in comparison to the amount of press and attention conservation efforts usually are afforded, it is not enough. Healthy, sustainable environments aren’t something that can be maintained through once-a-year participation. If you’re reading this blog, you probably already know that. You are likely already one of the thousands of individuals or organizations who dedicate their time, money, etc., to the betterment of the natural world throughout the year, but this year we ask that you take that one step further.
One of the greatest things we can do to protect the wildlife and environments around us is to impress upon those closest to us the importance of these things throughout the year, not just on Earth Day. With that in mind, we ask that you talk to those closest to you about what they can do to support conservation here at home. Whether that’s talking to your boss about recycling at work or to your church group about signing up to be a member of Teaming With Wildlife: True To Texas, reminding people about the importance of preserving our Texas sized portion of the Earth is of the utmost importance.