Earth Day, April 22, 2013

Sister Germaine Price, representing the Company of the Daughters of Charity at the United Nations, shares the news below from the UN in New York: 

[UN-NGO] Earth Day was established as a day for celebrating, teaching and learning about the environment. Its purpose is to promote ecology and respect for life on the planet as well as to increase awareness of the serious problem of pollution which is contaminating our air, water and soil.

Earth Day, which has been celebrated internationally since 1990, is one of the largest, environmental events celebrated worldwide. More than 500 million people in 175 countries will observe Earth Day 2013. Individuals and organizations will demonstrate their commitment to environmental protection and sustainability. The day will unite numerous communities around the world in a global celebration of the Earth’s gifts while spreading awareness about important environmental issues. Serious environmental issues include climate change, environmental degradation, environmental health, and genetic engineering. The 2010 Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the 2011 Japan Nuclear crisis will be important topics for International Earth Day 2013. Other important Earth Day topics will include alternative energy sources, nuclear energy alternatives, toxic environmental chemicals, endocrine disruption and neurotoxicity. Earth Day makes every effort to stop global warming and to reverse environmental destruction.

We are constantly surrounded by environmental challenges as our daily actions contaminate and degrade the fragile environment that humans and wildlife rely upon to survive. Earth Day 2013 provides an opportunity for people to join together for positive, ecological change. The choices we make now will affect our planet and all future generations. Join other environmentalists, recycle and conserve energy on Earth Day 2013 and each day that follows.

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