Earth Day 2012
Happy Earth Day! At SmartKlean, we like to keep it Earth Day everyday, so we’re not going to post a blog about the small efforts you can make at home to help our environment or why you should buy any product. Today should be celebrated as a simple reminder that we are not bystanders in this planet. Every single action we take as an individual is a driving force that determines what species survives, which natural resources remain intact, the quality of our air and how much land will be above or below water.
Earth Day 1970 was capitalized on the emerging consciousness, channeling the energy of the anti-war protest movement and putting environmental concerns front and center. It was a grassroots movement to shock or to make a statement. Today attending seminars or handing out reusable tote bags or serving lunches on biodegradable plates make people feel good but in the end, is not going to make any lasting change in our behavior, attitudes or policies. Now more than ever, the world needs all hands on deck in the fight against climate change, deforestation and habitat loss. Sign up and get involved with one (or more) of the following amazing environmental organizations that are truly fighting for the health of our planet:
Friends of the Earth:
Champions of healthy people, animals, plants, land, water and air, and devoted to stopping global warming, Friends of Earth supports a number of causes and is focused primarily on the United States, especially political and economic decisions as they affect public health and land conservation. In the 39 years in operation FOE has stopped over 150 dams from being built (among other achievements).
The Story of Stuff Project- Act!
From their site: “It’s going to take some serious citizen muscle to wrest our money away from the dinosaur economy and win investments in clean, green solutions like renewable energy, safer materials, zero waste and more. Sign-up below to receive a timely and fun monthly action from the Story of Stuff Project and our most trusted partners. We’ll throw our weight behind an important campaign, or visit our Representatives or make a public art project — amplifying your individual impact with our combined strength. Then we’ll let you know what we accomplished together.
You want a better future — now have a strong voice in how your money is spent! Join in!”
Through science, policy and field work, CI applies smart solutions to protect the resources that we all depend on. They help communities, countries and societies protect tropical forests, lush grasslands, rivers, wetlands, abundant lakes and the sea. Only through properly valuing the essential services these ecosystems provide can we create a sustainable development path that will benefit all people for generations to come.
The Sierra Club, founded in 1892, is one of the oldest conservation organizations in existence. (You can read more about it in the overview of the modern environmental movement.) With over 1.3 million members, this organization is one of the most effective and powerful at effecting changes in government and corporate America. Fighting for the preservation of land and forest, clean air and water, and a host of other issues, the Sierra Club is well-known and respected.
World Wild Life (WWF):
The iconic panda logo has made the WWF instantly recognizable to many people around the world. With 5 million members internationally and over 1.2 million in the States, this 45-year-old wildlife defense organization is going strong. Strongly promoting an emphasis on science, the WWF works to preserve nature and its creatures. From the organization’s website: “We are committed to reversing the degradation of our planet’s natural environment and to building a future in which human needs are met in harmony with nature. We recognize the critical relevance of human numbers, poverty and consumption patterns to meeting these goals.”
Greenpeace began in 1971 when a group of activists put themselves directly in harm’s way in order to protest nuclear testing off the coast of Alaska. Believing that concerted action from ordinary people is the best way – according to their signature quote from Margaret Mead, the only way – the organization has helped to stop whaling, nuclear testing, as well as leading efforts to protect Antarctica. Over 2.5 million members worldwide.
Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC):
According to the official website: “The Natural Resources Defense Council works to protect wildlife and wild places and to ensure a healthy environment for all life on earth.” The NRDC combines hundreds of active lawyers with over 1.2 million members to create direct and legislative change. The focus is on preventing climate change and saving endangered species, among other goals.
The Nature Conservancy
Since its inception in 1951 the Nature Conservancy has dedicated itself to saving lands and waters. With over 117 million acres sustained, 5,000 miles of rivers kept clean, and hundreds of marine conservation projects, the Nature Conservancy is one of the most successful and effective green organizations in existence. The science-based approach (they have 700 scientists on staff) is used in all conservation efforts around the world.
Stand for Earth and take action! Even by simply signing petitions and donating a few dollars here and there, you are truly supporting these organizations. Remember, it’s going to take a lot more than recycling to make significant changes. The planet needs you.
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