“When is this Earth Day that I keep seeing articles for?” *heads for google* “Oh – it’s today.”
Happy Earth Day!
“Great, wonder what that actually means.” *heads for wikipedia*
Earth Day, celebrated April 22, is a day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment. It was founded by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in in 1970 and is celebrated in many countries every year. This date is Spring in the Northern Hemisphere and Autumn in the Southern Hemisphere.
“Gre…at – a holiday founded by Gaylord.” *goes to the Earth Day website*
Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, proposed the first nationwide environmental protest “to shake up the political establishment and force this issue onto the national agenda. ” “It was a gamble,” he recalls, “but it worked.”
“Wow, wiki was telling the truth“
This holiday is for the environmentalists – which I have to admit, although I look into the issues, I turn my lights off when they’re not in use, don’t leave things on standby – I have never been an active campaigner for this. Don’t get me wrong, I think looking after the planet is great, but I guess I just get on with it without really thinking about it. I was completely ignorant about this holiday that has been around as long as Queen Latifah. So if you’re like me but want to participate next year here’s ‘What you can do‘ from the official site!
On a similar but altogether different topic, National Geographic has thrown up some interesting news today: Most Earthlike Planet found, May have liquid oceans.
I am a sucker for this kind of thing, and I suppose if Earth Day doesn’t work out – it’s probably good to have a plan B.
First discovered in 2007, Gliese 581d was originally calculated to be too far away from its host star—and therefore too cold—to support an ocean. But Mayor and colleagues now show that the extrasolar planet, or exoplanet, orbits its host in 66.8 days, putting it just inside the cool star’s habitable zone.
If life is going to be found out there, then this could be where – how exciting is that? Did I mention the irony at finding a possibly habitable planet around the same time we celebrate ‘We’re destroying this world, let’s get back on track’ day?