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Published on April 21st, 2016 | by Gorjus Greg

Earth Day 2016, What Exactly is Earth Day?

When I heard the words “Earth Day”, immediately a vision packed full of hippies dancing around an old oak tree came to mind.  So I had to go and investigate.  Much to my disappointment, there was no sign of any hippies.  Yes it is for the most part about trees and a campaign to plant 7.8 Billion of them. A tall order? (see what I did there?).

Seriously, it is a worthy campaign and it appears that I am not the only one who believes this.  On the earth Day website earthday.org there is evidence of hundreds if not thousands of events taking place around the world tomorrow. As shown below.

Even here at home there are at least 8 different events taking place across the country.  Dublin, Meath, Wexford, Offaly, Clare and Derry all doing something for the day.

According to the earth.org site ”

The movement continues.

We are now entering the 46th year of a movement that continues to inspire, challenge ideas, ignite passion, and motivate people to action.

In 1970, the year of our first Earth Day, the movement gave voice to an emerging consciousness, channeling human energy toward environmental issues. Forty-six years later, we continue to lead with groundbreaking ideas and by the power of our example.

And so it begins. Today. Right here and right now. Earth Day is more than just a single day — April 22, 2016. It’s bigger than attending a rally and taking a stand.

This Earth Day and beyond, let’s make big stuff happen. Let’s plant 7.8 billion trees for the Earth. Let’s divest from fossil fuels and make cities 100% renewable. Let’s take the momentum from the Paris Climate Summit and build on it.

Let’s start now. And let’s not stop”.

– See more at: http://www.earthday.org/#sthash.U0em5G3a.dpuf

Together we’ve reached 2,023,257,278 Acts of Green. Help us reach 3 billion!

But it’s not just about trees. Under their BILLION ACTS OF GREEN section they encourage you to watch your energy usage, reduce your carbon footprint, eat less meat, buy local produce, fight against junk mail (my favorite), stop using disposable plastic, start composting and recycle you e-waste.

So, just when you thought it was safe to go about your business tomorrow, remember it’s Earth Day, with out it there would be no us.

Smile.

 

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Gorjus Greg

Gregory Donaghy: Homeless, unemployable, misanthropic alien life form with a penchant for stating the obvious.



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