Earth Day 2016
The very first Earth Day dates back 46 years ago to April 22, 1970 when environmental advocate, Denis Hayes, (more about this environmental advocate in a later post) was chosen by Senator Gaylord Nelson to organize the inaugural national event in the United States. Since then, Earth Day has become the most widely observed secular holiday the world over thanks to its forwarding-thinking focus on global environmental protection. This year, our planet will be celebrated worldwide with hundreds of thousands of projects and programs, including local such as Redwood City’s Marin Science Institute’s Earth Day on the Bay on April 16th.
The Paris Accord
A historic agreement was reached at the 2015 United Nations Conference on Climate Change. 195 nations agreed to “take measurable action, make binding commitments, and work together to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to collectively keep global temperature rise well below 2°C and to pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5°C.“
In fitting with the global environmental movement and its continuing efforts to address climate change, the momentous agreement will be signed at the United Nations in New York City on Earth Day, 2016.
Earth Day Around the Bay
A great way to expose youth to Earth Day through educational, interactive adventures. The Redwood City Marine Science Institute.
is offering free admission on Saturday April 16th from 10am to 5pm. “MSI’s exclusive combination of music, mud, and sea creatures makes Earth Day an enjoyably edutaining time for all!”
Cupertino is hosting their 8th Annual Earth Day & Arbor Day Celebration on April 30th from 11am to 3pm in the City hall Plaza to promote awareness and understanding about how to protect our planet. “The event will showcase the ABCs and 123s of growing greener for the greater good: from learning how to compost, to understanding more about solar technologies, to planting a native garden; there’ll be something for everyone! We’ll have over one hundred environmental organizations, businesses, and City services here to help you satisfy your eco-curiosity.”
For more Earth Day events in the Silicon Valley and Beyond, click here.
Individual Acts of Green
In addition to the large-scale commitments of far-reaching The Paris Accord and local educational events, each of us can make a difference to positively affect the health of our planet.
- Reduce use of disposable plastic
- Recycle e-waste
- Buy local produce
- Compost food waste and garden clippings
- Limiting consumption of meat
- Reduce the amount of junk mail received
- Minimize your ecological footprint
If you’re in the market for a sustainable, green home, contact The Dawn Thomas Team to discover how we can help. Or, if you’re considering putting your home on the market, our No Hassle Guide is filled with advice and valuable information to make the process stress-free.