The annual Earth Day celebration was held last April 22 and almost everyone participated. This day has actually been used by environmental activists to warn the people of the world about the possibility of the earth ending sooner than they thin. Just like the Earth Day Network, which is actually one of those organizations that hosts Earth Day events as well as some advocacy to open the eyes and the minds of everyone how the world is falling apart.
This year’s theme is “End of Plastic Pollution”, the organizers of the said event actually managed to produce what they call a Plastic Pollution Primer and Action Toolkit. This kit basically contains some of the scariest warnings that activists use to enlighten the public’s mind as well as encourage journalists to share it.
This year, their official website indicated the plastics are actually destroying the marine life and it is obviously threatening the Earth’s survival. However, the people weren’t exactly paying that much attention on this specific message from the Earth Day Network, what they are actually talking about was the official message the U.S. President has released for the Earth Day. Unlike any other, Trump actually talked about and focus on his own efforts when it comes to environmental regulations.
— George Bennett (@gbennettpost) April 22, 2018
Trump Thoughts On Earth Day
As usual, the president released a very unusual message that of course surprised many people, but others doesn’t seem to be shocked at all. On the 22nd of April, United States President Donald Trump released an official message in celebration of the Earth Day. Then again, instead of giving credit to those who continue to fight for the environment by spreading the word. He actually used this opportunity to give credit to his administration’s own efforts on the matter.
Talk about giving himself an unnecessary pat on the back. He said in this statement that his team simply continue to work on removing all the harmful regulations that stops the country’s economic growth. Trump also mentioned how his administration is pushing to get rid of the unnecessary things that would basically stop small and local communities to grow.
Some experts have noticed that it would seem like the president does not actually know a lot of things that have to do with the Earth Day. This is because his administration has basically done a lot of things that are contradicting to what he said just on the statement. One of these things is the fact that he has to pull out the United States from the Paris Agreement. The Paris Agreement was signed on Earth Day two years ago by almost every country. Although this is not exactly something that forces a nation to join, its goal is to be united in doing things that would help the environment and not worsen the global warming.
This agreement was within the power of the United Nations Framework Convention, wherein countries would begin financing for each nation’s efforts to deal with the emissions of greenhouse gases starting in 2020. Unfortunately, United States President Donald Trump has sent a notice to the United Nations on their plans to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. However, they cannot exactly withdraw right away since based in Article 28 of the said Agreement, the earliest date that they could withdraw was November 2019.
— UN Climate Change (@UNFCCC) May 1, 2018
Aside from the withdrawal plans, the Trump administration are also working on undoing the Clean Air Act. This policy has been on for more than 20 years and has helped when it comes to maintaining the strict standards to prevent worsening the air pollution.
Earth Day: What You Need To Know
The Earth Day is a worldwide event which pushes awareness when it comes to environmental protection. It was in 1969 when a day to honor the Earth was proposed by John McConnell. In 1970, President Richard Nixon planted a tree to celebrated the very first Earth Day at the White House.
Some nations celebrate Earth Week instead of just an Earth Day, wherein activities to make people more aware on the environmental problems of the world are done. 193 countries celebrate this special day dedicated to the Earth and it does continue to help people became absolutely cautious so that they wouldn’t contribute to harming the world.