Earth Day 1970 was the first; today it is observed by more than 500 million people in 175 countries. Nice, I suppose... It’s important to raise public awareness, but it’s policy makers that have the biggest impact, with the education system critical in educating an environmentally literate generation. A generation that understands it’s interdependence with and responsibility for the total environment, and possesses the knowledge and concern to solve existing problems and prevent future environmental degradation.
On our Moshav we’re getting better at the basics; recycling, saving water and keeping these issues on our mind, and helping people to act on them. A few days ago, the Israeli Environmental Protection Minister called for a freeze on the planned coal-fired power plant (although I would hope that this type of initiative would come from a different part of government ….). All of this helps, but there’s a long way to go.
So here I sit, wondering if Earth Day 2010 will be any different that today’s. To note the day, I changed my blog design to Green. After all, Green is the new Black.