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Today is the 41st anniversary of Earth Day, a day that is intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s natural environment.
Though some level of progress is being made in areas like climate change as noticed from the recent UN climate change talks in Cancun ( visit:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-11975470 ), much remains to be done to salvage our fragile earth.
“The major cause of the continued deterioration of the global environment is the unsustainable patterns of consumption and production, particularly in the industrialized countries. Developed countries must take the lead in achieving sustainable consumption.” —United Nations Agenda 21
Aside international negotiations to save our Earth, every Tom, Dick and Harry, needs to change the way we innovate, produce and consume. Change can be as little as turning off the lights when you leave a room, riding your bike instead of taking the bus, vegetarian lunches and kitesurfing to filmmaking, rowing across the ocean, photographing animals, and planting backyard gardens. Remember that the smallest sustainable action will impact positively on the environment just as an unsustainable action will impact negatively on the environment.
Since we live in a common planet, we need to take action around the world to ensure a meaningful impact. One impressive development is the appreciable number of young people involved in environmental campaigns. With a sense of responsibility, young people or youth organizations are taking action from tree planting to influencing policymakers to develop sustainable development policies. Among the lot is Peace Child International’s Road to Rio +20 project to mobilize youth and place youth at the heart of the Rio + 20 UN conference on sustainable development.
Don’t forget to visit Earth Day Network’s website (visit:http://www.earthday.org/) and Peace Child International’s Road to Rio + 20 website (visit:http://www.roadtorioplus20.org/ )to add your “act of green” or join the global youth campaign to save our planet respectively.
For a little eco-fun,watch young rapper Lil Peppi with his most widely recognized song on climate change:Lil Peppi – The Ice Keeps Melting (visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VS9LJYUdOUI&feature=player_embedded#at=33 )
Submitted by: Michael Boampong, Young People We Care (YPWC) | Founder & Principal Advisor, www.michaelboampong.com , www.ypwc.org