The organization behind the event, the Earth Day Network, claims that more than 1 billion people in 174 countries around the world take part in registered events on Earth Day each year.
Earth Day is also a reminder that the environment is one of the top issues facing the global community.
We will know by the end of this year whether the world has the ability to collectively tackle climate change. In December, representatives from all nations will meet in Copenhagen, Denmark to agree on a global climate action plan.
Earth Day 2009 marks the launch of the Network's Green Generation initiative which is designed to encourage imaginative, global cooperation in the fight against climate change. The initiative will run until the 40th anniversary of Earth Day in 2010.
The initiative is calling for people to commit to reducing their impact on their environment, inform others about the climate crisis and, in particular, to call for an end to the use of coal.
Members of the Atlantic Community have written numerous opinion pieces on
issues such as the global response to climate change as well as environmental
and economic sustainability.
In celebration of Earth Day, we are proud to present some of the Atlantic Community's outstanding environmental opinion pieces from recent months:
- Jakob von Weizsäcker: Greening the Debt
- Noah Chutz: Governance and Science: The Emerging Fourth Sector
- Jens F. Laurson & George A. Pieler: Europe Has to Get Serious About Energy
- Marek Kubista: Copenhagen Summit: The Key to Success Is to Include
- Scott Michael Moore: A Multidimensional Approach for a Planet in Peril