Earth Day on April 22 is an annual celebration of the environment we live in. It’s not a Latin celebration, but the health of our world affects us all.
Earth Day started in 1970. It is now celebrated around the world and coordinated by the Earth Day Network at www.earthday.org
Those who would roll back or prevent environmental regulations seem to have forgotten why people began to care about the environment in the first place. Things were bad. Lack of regulation led to outrageous situations like the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, Ohio which caught fire many times until a 1969 fire sparked a Time magazine story about it.
Earth Day 2017
This year there is an Earth Day March for Science Rally and Teach-Ins on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. To participate, head over to Penn Station and take an Amtrak train to Washington D.C.
Here in New York City, there are Earth Day celebrations at the American Museum of Natural History and in Madison Square Park.
Broadway will be closed to cars between Union Square and Times Square from 10am to 6pm. Uptown, St. Nicholas Avenue will be closed from 181st Street to 190th Street. Dominican New York City Councilman championed the closing to show what our city would be like without cars.
There is a March for Science in NYC to show President Trump that we care about the environment. It starts at Central Park West and West 72nd Street around 10:30am. Over 20,000 people are expected to march south on Broadway to West 52nd Street, passing Trump International Hotel and Tower on the way.
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Earth Day 2016
The United States, China, and about 120 other countries signed the Paris Agreement to protect the climate.
The image is the Black Marble from 2016 from NASA Earth Observatory by Joshua Stevens, using Suomi NPP VIIRS data from Miguel Román, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Maybe you can pick out your city.