April 22 is Earth Day! To celebrate this planet and all efforts to make this planet a better place to live, this week’s Moshi’s Week in Tech is all about Earth Day.
What is Earth Day all about?
Today is the 46th anniversary of Earth Day, a movement that began in 1970 with the intention of drawing attention and human energy towards environmental issues. It is a holiday that has been celebrated and regarded as quite a big deal for as long as I can remember, but sometimes holidays lose a bit of their true meaning as time passes. You might think Earth Day is just another random commemorative day, but Earth Day actually has accomplished a tremendous amount.
In 1969 the National Environmental Policy Act went into effect, which requires every major decision made by the Federal Government to be evaluated for its environmental impact. No dams, roads or any other major infrastructural undertakings can occur without a consideration for how it will impact the environment. This has resulted in greater concerns for endangered species and helped inspire legislation regarding the removal of toxic chemicals such as DDT and asbestos from the environment and products. Thanks to the Earth Day movement, in 1987 the world rallied around the Montreal Protocol to help plug the ozone hole, and 10 years later in 1997 the Kyoto Protocol was adopted, marking the first serious attempt by world leaders to address global warming.
It might seem like just another day, but Earth Day truly is a day where we as humans can be better stewards for this bountiful planet. With spring in full effect, it is definitely a great time to give back to this blue and green marble in any way we can from planting trees to picking up trash. At the United Nations today, a sweeping climate agreement was signed resulting from the COP21 Paris climate meetings which will limit the world’s rise in average temperature and enable developing countries to switch from fossil fuels to greener sources of energy.
By far the most fun Earth Day thing though, comes from a not-so-little tech company in Mountain View…
Google’s Earth Day Doodle
Today’s Google.com header image features five doodles in honor of the Earth’s major ecosystems: tundra, desert, coral reefs, grasslands, and forest. Google doodler Sophia Diao’s intention with these 5 images is to remind everyone of the diverse beauty the world has that many of us miss in our 9-to-5 concrete jungle hustle. Scroll down to see all five or visit Google.com to check it out.
Now, what are you doing to celebrate Mother Earth today? Let us know in the comments.