Mission of the Group:
Earth Day 2021 was celebrated on Thursday, April 22. "Restore Our Earth" was the theme for activities and events planned by EARTHDAY.ORG, an organization with a mission to diversify, educate, and activate the environmental movement worldwide. Growing out of the first Earth Day in 1970, EARTHDAY.ORG is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 75,000 partners in over 190 countries to drive positive action for our planet. For more information about EARTHDAY.ORG, its website.
Recent Earth Day History
April 22, 2020 marked the Fiftieth Anniversary of Earth Day. To commemorate this milestone, USA Facts, a not-for-profit, nonpartisan civic initiative published State of the Earth in Numbers, a data-driven portrait of America's energy, climate, and environment.
To celebrate the fiftieth annual Earth Day, The Greenbelt Conservancy created a Greenbelt YouTube Channel.
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The transformation of Fresh Kills from landfill to public park began with the closure of the landfill that operated on Staten Island for fifty-three years. "What Would Staten Island be like today if the Fresh Kills landfill never closed?" marks the twentieth anniversary of the landfill's closure on March 22, 2001, and its environmental impact on borough residents. This article was posted on the silive.com website on March 20, 2021.
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FreshKills has volunteer opportunities in various areas of its operations. Interested individuals can complete this volunteer application form.
Freshkills Upstream: Freshkills Park @ Home offers online resources to help you explore the park from home.
Classroom resources for lessons and information about Freshkills Park, including external resources about sustainability, waste disposal, and recycling.
Freshkills Park Oral History Archive from the NYC Department of Sanitation.
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"It's impossible to grasp the whole planet or integrate all the descriptions of it. But because we live here, we have to try. This is not just an artistic compulsion or an existential yearning, still less an academic exercise. It's a survival issue. This is the only planet we have. We're stuck here, and we don't own the place-it would be the height of arrogance to assume that we do. We're tenants here, not owners, but we're tenants with hope for a long-term tenancy. We want to extend our lease just as far as we can." -- from Earth: A Tenant's Manual
In Earth: A Tenant's Manual, the distinguished geologist Frank H. T. Rhodes, President Emeritus of Cornell University, provides a sweeping, accessible, and deeply informed guide to the home we all share, showing us how we might best preserve the Earth's livability for ourselves and future generations.
Rhodes begins by setting the scene for our active planet and explaining how its location and composition determine how the Earth works and why it teems with life. He emphasizes the changes that are of concern to us today, from earthquakes to climate change and the clashes over the energy resources needed for the Earth's exploding population. He concludes with an extended exploration of humanity's prospects on a complex, protean, and ultimately finite world.
It is not a question of whether the planet is sustainable; the challenge facing life on Earth-and the life of the Earth-is whether an expanding and high-consumption species like ours is sustainable. Only new resources, new priorities, new policies and, most of all, new knowledge, can reverse the damage that humanity is doing to our home-and ourselves. A sustainable human future, Rhodes concludes in this eloquent, sobering, but ultimately optimistic book, will require a sense of responsible stewardship, for we are not owners of this planet; we are tenants.
Surveying the systems, large and small, that govern Earth's processes and influence its changes, Rhodes addresses the negative consequences of human activities for the health of its regulatory systems but offers practical suggestions as to how we might effect repairs, or at least limit further damage to our home.
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