In a timely reminder that we could all be a little bit greener, today Barack Obama has called on people of the world to remember the positive aspects of change that have occurred from an environmental perspective. 22 April is designated Earth Day having started 42 years ago in 1970. Obama states that it is a day for us to rally around the ideals that those founding members originally stood for.
Since the first earth day was staged in 1970, the U.S. government has taken several steps to reduce our carbon footprint on the world. The Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts have all brought positive change, but the Wall Street Journal points out that we are still a long way from sustainable living.
According to the WSJ, Americans received 85 billion pieces of junk mail in 2011. The wasteful paper amounted to 4 million tons and less than half of it was recycled. In 2010, we spent $11 billion on bottled water and threw out 60 million water bottles a day. The Journal also notes that America has a big food problem. For example, about a third of the milk is produced in America is thrown away.
President Obama issued an Earth Day proclamation today, asking American’s to examine the waste in their lives and challenging them to put a green foot forward.
Here is President Obama’s 2012 Earth Day Proclamation:
“On April 22, 1970, millions of Americans came together to celebrate the first Earth Day. Students, teachers, activists, elected officials, and countless others challenged our Nation to confront our most urgent environmental issues and rallied around a single message: the success of future generations depends upon how we act today. As we commemorate Earth Day this year, we reflect on the challenges that remain before us and recommit to the spirit of togetherness and shared responsibility that galvanized a movement 42 years ago…
Source: The Inquisitr