Now more than ever we all should be acutely aware of the need to do more to support our planet in maintaining its ecosystem that supports not only human life but all of the other plants, animals and organisms on the planet.
International Earth Day is celebrated each year on the 22nd April to remind each of us that the Earth provides us with life and sustenance.
It also recognises a collective responsibility, as called for in the 1992 Rio Declaration, to promote harmony with nature and the Earth to achieve a just balance among the economic, social and environmental needs of present and future generations of humanity.
International Earth Day provides an opportunity to raise public awareness around the world to the challenges regarding the well-being of the planet and all the life it supports.
Education is the foundation for progress. We need to build a global citizenry fluent in the concepts of climate change and aware of its unprecedented threat to our planet. We need to empower everyone with the knowledge to inspire action in defense of environmental protection.
Environmental and climate literacy is the engine not only for promoting ‘green’ government policy and advancing environmental and climate laws but also for accelerating the development of a ‘green’ economy, technologies and jobs.
Blueprint for a Green Economy: by David Pearce, Anil Markandya and Edward B. Barbier, 1989
Capitalism as if the World Matters, by Jonathon Porritt, 2005
Heat: How to Stop the Planet from Burning, by George Monbiot, 2006
The Skeptical Environmentalist, by Bjorn Lomborg, 2001
Small is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered, by E.F. Schumacher, 1973
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