Earth Day started 46 years ago. People were concerned about excessive dam building, pesticides, pollution, and tainted food.
Leaders of the first Earth Day succeeded politically. Congress passed landmark legislation and established the Environmental Protection Agency.
Everyone completely neglected to consider what individual Americans could do to go green.
The intervening years have been good for the environment in some ways and bad in others. Earth Day has been observed every year—and internationally since 1990. Many issues that troubled the nation in the 1960s have been solved, at least in part. But we still need Earth Day .
New problems have arisen. And taking care of the environment has become much more contentious. For example, the world is getting warmer. Why? Is it dangerous? What should we do about it?
According to NASA, 2016 is on track to be one of the warmest years on Earth. February 2016 was the warmest ever February recorded in the history of modern temperature records.
Regardless of what your opinion is on a phenomenon like global warming, the amount at which we consume our natural resources is a real problem. We need to take steps in order to maintain our environment and resources. This issue concerns national security as much as the environment.
In the infographic below, you can learn about some of the serious issues that we are facing, such as water shortages and waste build-ups. It shows steps you can personally take to go green.
Many people are afraid to take the first steps because it sounds like a lot of work. However, most don’t realize that going green can also be as simple as remembering to turn the lights off, or to opt for shorter showers.
Are you already taking some of those steps? Good. Instead of showing you how to get started, the infographic will suggest some simple ideas for what to do next.
Earth Day 2016 is coming soon on April 22nd so now is a great time to not just educate yourself on sustainability, but to also promote those values to others around you.