On April 22nd 1970, twenty million Americans gathered to call for a sustainable planet in a nationwide grassroots protest organised by the US Senator, Gaylord Nelson. This event is recognised as the symbolic birth of the modern environmental movement. Since then, Earth Day Network has encouraged civic engagement to keep environmental concerns on the socio-political agenda with the celebration of Earth Day every year on April 22.
Earth Day now mobilises over one billion people each year and “works with over 22,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify and mobilise the environmental movement.” Their activities over the past four decades have tackled “issues ranging from climate change and drinking water to voter registration and saving the whale.” This year, people across the world will join in local activities to promote greener cities as the urban population continues to grow and the effects of climate change worsen.
To celebrate and get active in London Akasha Innovation and Impact Hub Islington member host Greta Rossi invite you to join us at King Henry’s Walk Garden in Islington on April 26 for the activities at our first Ākāśa Innovation Earth Day. An immediate concern is that London languishes outside the top ten European cities ranked in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s “Green City Index”. Perhaps more importantly, the worrisome reports from the international community offer more reasons than ever to gather in 2014 and find a response together to the deteriorating health of our planet.
Last September, the IPCC warned us that “(w)arming of the climate system is unequivocal (…) The atmosphere and ocean have warmed, the amounts of snow and ice have diminished, sea level has risen, and the concentrations of greenhouse gases have increased.” Only this month, a statement on the global climate from the World Meteorological Society warns that “(t)hirteen of the fourteen warmest years on record have all occurred in the twenty-first century, and each of the past three decades has been warmer than the last, culminating with 2001-2010 as the warmest decade on record”. In the past year we have witnessed dramatic conditions with heavily reduced Arctic ice cover, sever floods across Central Europe and the likes of Typhoon Haiyan that devastated parts of the Philippines. The condition of the planet appears to be worse than in 1970 so it is time for us to stand up for the future that the Earth, our only home, and we deserve.
From Sustainability Member Host Greta Rossi
Originally published on Akasha Innovation’s blog on 26/3/2013
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