Much has changed since the first Earth Day in 1970. Recycling has become commonplace. Renewable energy is an increasingly large component of our power grids.
We’re grateful for these advancements. But the fact is, we’re not out of the woods — far from it, in fact. You’ve read the news reports. Our planet, our economies and our very lives are at risk if we allow climate change to go unchecked. So Earth Day, a nearly 50-year-old tradition, is more important than ever.
This year’s Earth Day theme is Protect Our Species. According to the campaign’s organizers, Earth Day Network: “The unprecedented global destruction and rapid reduction of plant and wildlife populations are directly linked to causes driven by human activity: climate change, deforestation, habitat loss, trafficking and poaching, unsustainable agriculture, pollution and pesticides to name a few.”
We have tremendous power as individuals to slow the rate of extinction and give the planet’s species a chance to recover. One of the easiest and highest-impact ways to help: choosing electricity from renewable sources that don’t pollute or otherwise damage ecosystems.
Read more here about which species are most at risk and what you can do to help them.
And though it may sound cliche, let’s make every day Earth Day. We’ve only got one shot at this.