There is NO Planet B!
There is NO Planet B!
Earth Day is an annual event on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First held on April 22, 1970, it now includes a wide range of events coordinated globally by EARTHDAY.ORG including 1 billion people in more than 193 countries.
Why do we celebrate Earth Day?
The main aim of defining a particular day for the earth was to create awareness among masses about their role in protecting Mother Nature. When it was started most people were not aware of environmental issues like toxic dumps, air pollutions and others. Today Earth Day is a special day when people do something for Mother Nature, be it as basic as cleaning up litter from their community!
The fact of participating and creating a little bit of awareness in our community, motivated me to create this design.
Earth Day in Latin America:
Some of the countries in Latin America making changes:
- Brazil’s growing environmental awareness is evident in their efforts to not only conserve the Amazon, but also to protect the internationally much-less known Cerrado -a vast savannah which has been made fertile-, and to also expand its marine conservation areas to protect large swaths of its ecosystems.
- Colombia just passed a law instituting a biodiversity offset system, which will help enhance its protected areas and increase resilience and mitigation effects alike.
- Peru has made major strides in combating urban air pollution, which is both good for citizens’ health and also has positive effects on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Rio de Janeiro is a front runner with its low carbon city development framework, which it even had ISO14001 certified. (a core set of standards denoting an effective environmental management system)
- Several large cities have been investing in lung and Earth-friendly public transport systems, such as the Bus Rapid Transport system in Mexico City, which I had the pleasure to try out the other day. Or Sao Paulo's metro system, which had 2 lines when I lived there as a student 30 years ago and now has 5 crisscrossing this huge metropolis and transporting some 3.4 million passengers daily.
While Latin America is a front runner on many of these issues and, to many, an example to follow, there is still a lot to be done.
By moving on a trajectory of green inclusive growth, Latin America’s unique endowment of natural capital, along with other assets, can be used as sources of competitive advantage and used strategically to develop other types of capital, both built and intangible.
So, in our quest to eliminate poverty and create more prosperity and equality, we have several options open to us, offering approaches which are both Earth and people friendly.
The ultimate goal is to help people Latin American have a better life not only today, but tomorrow as well.
Happy Earth Day! And hope you like this design!