“We have much to learn by studying nature and taking the time to tease out its secrets.”
– David Suzuki
On Friday, April 22nd, we will celebrate the 46th Earth Day. Earth Day, which began in 1970, was created to draw attention to environmental issues, such as agricultural suitability, climate change, ecological preservation, biodiversity, and green energy. Since the first event, Earth Day has stretch across the globe, bringing together over a billion people. Prairie State College has taken the month of April to focus on sustainability, hosting a number of events on campus.
This Earth Day will be a proud moment for the global community as 120 nations, including the U.S. and China, will sign the Paris Climate Agreement, a promise to decrease greenhouse gas admissions and a commitment to the reversal of global climate change.
The Prairie State Library has several titles on sustainability and issues relating to climate change. Check out what you can study and discover nature’s secrets:
Careers in green technology and sustainable development are rapidly growing. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics has projected a 21% growth from 2010 to 2020. This job growth cuts across several labor fields with opportunities for every type of student. Explore the multitude of options and start planning for your future!
Davenport, Coral. “Nations Approve Landmark Climate Accord in Paris.” The New York Times. December 12, 2015. Accessed April 21, 2016. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/13/world/europe/climate-change-accord-paris.html.
Earth Day Network. “Our Mission.” Earth Day Network. Accessed April 21, 2016. http://www.earthday.org/
Kirk, Karin and Monica Bruckner. “The Workforce for a Sustainable Future.” InTeGrate. Accessed April 21, 2016. http://serc.carleton.edu/integrate/programs/workforceneeds/workforce_overview.html
On April 22, people around the globe will be celebrating the 41st Earth Day!
Are you thinking that one day is not enough time to recognize the importance of the earth’s health to every aspect of our lives? Well, lots of people agree with you and have stretched Earth Day into a week long celebration! Check out the activities happening around the college on the PSC Sustainability page and join in!
Ok, so you’re still thinking one week is way too little time to figure out how to avert climate change, develop clean energy, create sustainable agriculture, or learn how to cook organic foods? Stop by the library to browse our Earth Week display, and check out a book that will give you the tools to affect the future of our planet!