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04/22/09

EARTH DAY 2009

By Davood Rahni, New York

April 22 is Earth Day as celebrated in the U.S. since 1970. It is a Day when the earth's natural resources are cherished. Each responsible citizen pledges to utilize resources wisely and efficiently, thereby avoiding wasteful consumptions in life.


source: NASA
 

The concept of Earth Day was actually proposed by the 20th century visionary John McConnell (www.earthsite.org) in 1968 to coincide with March 21, the spring vernal equinox. It was then endorsed by a large number of scholars including the Nobel Laureate Margaret Mead. Dennis Hays, however, decided to ratify the warmer April 22 as the Earth Day, more suited for the North American celebration.  

As a natural outcome of the annual Earth Day commemoration the concept of Sustainable Development (and inter-generational equity) was later defined and ratified by most nations. It is based on the paradigm shift that the earth natural resources are finite and its carrying capacity is limited.  We as responsible global citizens must, therefore, accept that we are not the inheritors of Earth from our past generations, but rather, simply serve as the guardians of the Earth having borrowed it from our future generations. We must therefore devise lifestyles and consumption patterns that safeguard the Earth for the future.

The common "E" themes that drive the above concept are then as follows:

EARTH, Ecology, Environment, Energy, aEsthetics, Education, Economics, Empowerment, Equity, Equality, Empathy.......

CONGRATUALTIONS EARTH DAY!

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