Today is earth day!

Editor April 22, 2010

Earth Day is held yearly on 22 April to promote awareness of and appreciation for Earth’s environmental issues.  It is an opportunity to celebrate Planet Earth.


Photo credit: Satoru Kikuchi

Earth Day is celebrated around the world by people of all backgrounds regardless of race, gender, nationality or faith. It is an occasion for the world’s citizens to commit to building a safer, healthier, cleaner, sustainable world.

Earth Day is a global movement to highlight and address environmental issues. These are just some of the major environmental issues our planet faces:

  • the greenhouse effect and global warming;
  • destructive energy sources versus sustainable alternate energy sources;
  • toxic waste and ways of effective, efficient responsible waste management;
  • groundwater contamination, abuse of water resources, wetland destruction, and pollution of waterways and the oceans;
  • the impact of litter on our water resources and on ecosystems;
  • overfishing and unsustainable fishing of our seas and oceans;
  • destruction of rainforests;
  • expanding deserts.

Because we humans caused the problems Earth now faces, it is our responsibility to find solutions.

Earth Day is a platform to conscientise citizens on what we can do to make a difference and to encourage people to get involved and do something to make a difference. If we each do something the collective effort will make a big difference not only to South Africa but worldwide.

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