#EarthDay: Saving planet brings world together (PHOTOS)
Seventeen leading scientists came together in 2015 to write the Earth Statement. They list eight central elements that the international climate agreement, to be negotiated in Paris in December, needs to achieve in order to stop the advent of climate change on a massive scale.
— Twitter (@twitter) April 22, 2015
The statement has been published online and gives anyone the chance to sign it and join the global call to protect the environment.
— JARED LETO (@JaredLeto) April 22, 2015
NASA embraced the celebrations by opening up exhibits, demonstrations, hands-on activities and views of Earth from space. It also turned to social networks, asking people to post their favorite spots on Earth online, under the hashtag #NoPlaceLikeHome.
— NASA (@NASA) April 22, 2015
— Archives@UAA (@CLArchives) April 21, 2015
Astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) organized Earth Day quizzes.
— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) April 22, 2015
Giant tech companies have come forward with their own unique ideas of how to celebrate Earth Day. Apple has colored the top leaf of its logo green in stores around the world.
— James Martin (@Jamesco) April 22, 2015
Google has created an elaborate doodle along with a fun Earth day quiz titled: ‘Which animal are you?’
If you click on the globe on the Google Earth Day doodle, it takes you to a bizarre “which animal are you” quiz pic.twitter.com/PJlPRCvcLp
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) April 22, 2015
A tiny community in northern Michigan got together and braved the cold spring weather to create a human chain out of 20 people measuring 79 feet (24 meters) in Port Huron.
— Samantha Weigel (@samantha_weigel) April 23, 2015
Many other groups have organized cleanup days on Wednesday. Montana residents went weeding in Lawrence Park to get the area in shape for the summer.
— Empire State Bldg (@EmpireStateBldg) April 22, 2015
Putting trees in the ground has also been one of the most popular activities to do on Earth Day. The Montreal mayor Denis Coderre embraced the idea by launching a tree-planting drive.
One clean-water advocate, Christopher Swain, marked the day by swimming in New York City’s Gowanus Canal – one of the most polluted waterways in the US.
— Ted A’Zary (@Syfy) April 22, 2015
Earth Day Canada created a ‘Clean Commute’ campaign, which promotes 25 different ways to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions, such as riding a bike, taking public transport or walking.
US senator Gaylord Nelson first organized the concept of Earth Day in 1970 in response to an oil spill and idea was subsequently taken up by the United Nations.
— Corey S. Powell (@coreyspowell) April 22, 2015
2015 is a milestone year in environment protection. Several important international meetings will take place, including the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in September and the new Global Climate Agreement.