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Since the very first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, over 20 million Americans from all walks of life have contributed to major environmental accomplishments, such as pressuring government leaders for the passage of the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and many other groundbreaking environmental laws.
Today, the Earth Day Network is thriving with over 22,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement. Each year, over 1 billion people participate in Earth Day activities, making it the largest civic observance in the world.
For 2012, the Earth Day Network is again hosting “A Billion Acts of Green®” with the ambitious goal of registering another one billion environmentally friendly actions in preparation for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development happening in Rio de Janeiro in June, 2012 (Rio+20).
At the event, the Earth Day Network plans to show world leaders that people are willing to stand up and be counted for the sake of our planet and the longevity of our species.
The Earth Day Network will also participate in helping to secure political commitment for more sustainable development, assess progress toward internationally agreed commitments and continue to address new and unforeseen challenges.
“Rio+20 the Conference will focus on two overall themes: (a) a green economy in the context of sustainable development poverty eradication; and (b) the institutional framework for sustainable development,” said John Maleri, Associate Director of Earth Day and coordinator for A Billion Acts of Green®.
“The focus will be on seven highlighted areas in the context of these themes,” he added. “These include decent jobs, energy, sustainable cities, food security and sustainable agriculture, water, oceans and disaster readiness.”
Along with asking individuals to pledge an act of kindness towards the planet, there are also environmental events being held all over the world – including a rally at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, April 22, 2012, where tens of thousands of environmentally conscious people, from all parts of the country, will be joined by civic leaders and celebrities to strengthen the environmental movement.
All of Earth Day Network’s activities – whether promoting green economic policies at home or abroad – inform and energize communities to act in a way that will secure a healthy future for this generation and generations to come.
To take part, visit act.earthday.org. As of April 16, over 968,000,000 “acts” have been registered.