If you are a frequent reader of our blog, you know about our committment to making of St. Vincent a Climate Compliant Country. Consequently, we make the most of any occasion to show people how they can prepare better for the effects of climate change; and what better chance to do this than Earth Day? So we strapped on our boots and we took upon the task of celebrating Earth Day at RVA.
Keep reading to see what we got up to.
What is Earth Day?
Celebrated every year on the 22nd of April, Earth Day marks the birth of the modern environmental movement, all the way back in 1970.
Gaylord Nelson, the founder of Earth Day, started it with the idea of a day to focus on the environment. He sought to draw in the energy of the student anti-war movement into the discussion of environmental pollution; with the hopes of eventually bringing environmental protection into the national political agenda. Afterwards, Nelson and his colaborators focused on promoting a series of nationwide events on the 22nd of April.
On that day, 20 million Americans took to the streets and other public spaces to protest against the deterioration of the environment. The result was the creation of the United Stated Environmental Protection Agency.
However, the change would reach global proportions 20 years later.
Earth Day 1990 mobilized 200 million people in 141 countries and sparked a newfound interest on environmental issues and recycling. This would later trigger the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.
Earth Day today
46 years after its creation, Earth Day is still relevant. Today, it is the largest secular observation in the world, mobilizing up to 2 billion people every year.
Currently, it focuses on promoting environmental conservation and clean energy. It battles well-funded oil lobbyists, climate change deniers, and an indifferent world population. In short, cynicism vs activism (Earthday.org)
Celebrating Earth Day at RVA
This year we celebrated Earth Day at RVA with an Open Day. We extended the invitation to the Vincy community through iWitness News and had an attendance of over 100 guests!
The event took place on the 30th of April, it was open to the community and consisted on presentations about sustainability and climate compliance. Our students covered a number of topics, which ranged from permaculture to soapmaking, cheesemaking, solar energy and water harvesting. We also brought Luke Punnet for a presentation on permaculture and natural farming; and our students who had done community service in Belize talked to us about their experience.
Check out the video below to see more of 2016 Earth Day at RVA.