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#Earthday2014 22 April 2014 is the International #MotherEarthDay #GreenCities


  " I appeal to all people everywhere to raise their voices. Speak out on behalf of this planet, our only home. Let us care for Mother Earth so she can continue to care for us as she has done for millennia. " UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Preservation and protection of the  natural environment is essential for maintaining  community sustainability!! 

On April 22 each year, the world celebrates International Mother Earth Day 

 This is the main international occasion to demonstrate support for environmental protection and raise awareness on important environmental themes for humankind. The World Earth Day was celebrated for the first time in 1970 and since then it has been observed globally every year by almost all countries.Earth Day is ideal, for raising awareness among younger generations on the need for protection and conservation of our environment. The theme of World Earth Day 2014 is ‘Green Cities’.

Earth Day Network launched the Green Cities campaign to help cities around the world become more sustainable. Focused on three key elements — buildings, energy and transportation — the campaign aims to help cities accelerate their transition to a cleaner, healthier and more economically viable future through improvements in efficiency, investments in renewable technology and policy reform.

In 1945, two thirds of the world’s people lived in rural settings, while in 2000, the population balance had shifted, with half of humanity living in cities. Moreover, it is expected that by 2050, two thirds of world’s people will be living in cities.

As the urban population grows, cities expand and demand for water, energy and municipal services increase, our cities will have to evolve. In fact, the challenges ahead for our cities are huge and the opportunities are also enormous 

* NASA is participating in Earth Day this year with the agency's #GlobalSelfie event, asking people to take a photo of themselves outside and post it to social media using the hashtag #GlobalSelfie. NASA will use the images to create a mosaic image of Earth -- a new "Blue Marble" built bit by bit with your photos. Get more info on how to participate here.

Apple will be celebrating Earth Day on April 22nd in its retail stores and on its Cupertino, California campus, according to multiple Apple employees. Earth Day is an annual day of focus on environmental protection and initiatives that has taken place in several countries since 1970… Each year,…Continue reading Apple to celebrate ‘Green Cities’ 2014 Earth Day campaign on April 22nd at 9to5Mac

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Apple Aims to Shrink Its Carbon Footprint With New Data Centers In 2011, Greenpeace released a report called “How Dirty is Your Data?” It graded each internet firm on the filthiness of its cloud operations. Apple earned the dubious distinction of being the among the worst climate offenders, with the most reliance on coal and the lowest score in clean energy. In early 2012, Greenpeace singled out Apple as a target for staged demonstrations. It released balloons in the shape of coal briquettes inside Apple’s Fifth Ave retail store, and inflated a giant iPOD  outside the firm’s Cupertino headquarters. Not long afterwards—though Apple says the announcement was long in the making—the company proclaimed its intent to power all its operations via renewables like wind, biogas, hydro, and solar. “We had a fairly high degree of skepticism,” says David Pomerantz, a Greenpeace media officer.

We must protect our earth - we MUST protected our wildlife and we MUST protect our future generations. 

As Kurt Vonnegut put it, if we don't stop wrecking the planet, we won't have many Earth Days left. #motherearthday

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Wow:

In 1945, two thirds of the world’s people lived in rural settings, while in 2000, the population balance had shifted, with half of humanity living in cities. Moreover, it is expected that by 2050, two thirds of world’s people will be living in cities.

Left to its own devices, that will hurt the environment a lot.

This will effect developing countries a lot more especially Asia and Africa .. I have been reading a lot on Global Agenda 21 an interesting listen as I always keep an open mind these days..

There is always two sides to the story of what is going on globally I suppose.... 1)   2)

There's at least two sides. Everyone in the world has an interest.

Not sure if you heard about this organization ....Pure silence is what we've heard in recent months from USA government's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the arm of  federal government tasked with protecting us from environmental disaster, about the climate bomb called Keystone XL.  http://other98.com/sos-epa-epa-its-time-to-stand-up-to-keystone-xl/

The EPA has limited real power. Only Congress can really make changes.

"The Canadian government is downgrading the protection of humpback whales off the coast of B.C. under the Species at Risk Act.The move is being made as the government readies for a decision on the approval of the pipeline, which would feed oil onto a tanker shipping route that overlaps with what environmental groups describe as "critical habitat" for the whale."  http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/humpback-whale-losing-threatened-status-amid-northern-gateway-concerns-1.2617633?utm_content=buffer4f405&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

That's just sad.

Why are we so complacent when the stakes are so big?  

Catch this video: 

George Carlin is right!

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