April 22 will mark the 46th anniversary of Earth Day. The first Earth Day in 1970 is credited with inspiring millions of people to get involved with environmental issues. More than one billion people are now involved with Earth Day events each year.
Earth Day is perhaps more important than ever as we face a steady stream of news reports that climate change is occurring faster than expected. News of record temperatures, coral bleaching, accelerated melting of ice sheets, and record levels of atmospheric CO2 have all been reported recently.
Numerous Earth Day events are planned for 2016. Events of all sorts have been planned around the planet.
Perhaps the most significant political Earth Day event is the planned Paris Climate Agreement signature day at the United Nations. The agreement, which was reached in December, was agreed to by representatives of 195 countries. About 120 nations are expected to sign the agreement when it opens for signatures on Earth Day.
NASA is promoting an Earth Day #24Seven social media campaign in 2016. Photos demonstrating NASA’s earth science projects will be posted to various social media platforms throughout the day. The agency is also encouraging people to share photos of their favorite places and sights on social media using the hashtag #NoPlaceLikeHome.
NASA is also hosting live Earth Day events as well. Earth Day in the Nation’s Capital is a two-day event that will include exhibits, demonstrations, activities and views of Earth from outer space.
Many school across the country have Earth Day events planned for students. School events include everything from educational programs to picking up roadside litter.
Earth Day Network is launching a campaign to plant 7.8 billion trees (one for each person on the planet) over the next four years before the 50th Earth Day anniversary.