Field of solar panels and wind turbines. Courtesy EPA.
This Earth Day promises to be truly special, not only because it’s the 40th anniversary, but because thousands of Americans from coast to coast will unite with the single goal of pushing a long awaited energy and climate bill past the finish line in Congress. If you’re looking for one important way to make a difference this Earth Day, this is it:
Tip 4: Connect kids with nature
Tip 5: Leave no canine trace
Tip 6: Volunteer on the land
Tip 7: Become a citizen scientist
At first thought it may not feel as tangible as biking to work or patrolling the light switches at home, but by following this tip, you’ll be doing something on a much grander scale.
The legislation at stake is the climate and energy bill that is expected to be released after the week of April 26, by Sens. John Kerry, (D-Mass.), Lindsey Graham, (R-S.C.), and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn). It’s going to be a fight to get the 60 votes needed for passage, so your voice is needed.
Thousands of people are sending letters to senators and thousands more will rally in Washington, D.C. on April 25. If you’re in the D.C. area this weekend, head to the National Mall between 11 .a.m. and 7 p.m. on Sunday. If not, the easiest way to support his legislation is to send a letter to your senator, which you can do right here.
If passed, the legislation would reduce the amount of greenhouse gases we dump into the atmosphere and promote the development of clean energy, which, by the way, also means a huge injection of new jobs for Americans. More specifically we’re asking that the bill include funding for programs that help wildlife and wildlands adapt to the changes already underway.
Make no mistake that every last wild place that you’ve every awed over, trekked through, or dreamt about will be impacted by this legislation.
From all of us at The Wilderness Society, have a happy — and active — Earth Day!
- Laura Bailey, Web Editor, Denver
photo: Field of solar panels and wind turbines. Courtesy EPA.