Happy Earth Day! A week ago today, the 5 inches of heavy wet snow that fell on Sunday was melting around the daffodils. The sky was cloudless blue, and the magnolias were blooming.
This Sunday, too, was a beautiful day to be outside, with temperatures in the 70’s and crowds of people out enjoying the Lake shore. Spring in Chicago is something to celebrate!
And today, the earth is in bloom. April 22 was designated Earth Day in 1970. It started in the United States, centered around issues involving the environment and conservation. You can read more facts about Earth Day here. Since then Earth Day has become an international movement, involving environmental issues, climate change, weather, living with nature, and the interconnectedness of life on earth.
The Paris Agreement was signed on Earth Day, 2016. Next year will mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and many commemorative events are planned.
But Earth Day is not just one day. It is every day. And every day, we are seeing the effects of human-caused environmental damage, including climate change. Coral reefs are dying. Glaciers are melting. Floods and wildfires are becoming more extreme. People have built an environment for their comfort and convenience, but at what cost to the natural world, and to other people?
We can and we must do better. The message of Earth Day is loud and clear and urgent. This is the only world we have. Our Earth, our home. We share it together, with all living things.
Here are some beautiful photos from EarthSky.