Posts Tagged 'environmental protection agency'

Take Back the Planet, and Not Just on Earth Day

Earth Day

The following is an excerpt from National Aquarium’s CEO John Racanelli’s piece in today’s Baltimore Sun:

For over 40 years, Earth Day has sent a powerful message: that each of us has both the capacity and the duty to support the environment that sustains us. This is certainly a message that dedicated conservationists can get behind, but what about everyday people with busy lives, kids to raise and jobs to keep? For many, Earth Day has become a day of celebration rather than an urgent call to join a movement.

Earth Day Network, the organization behind Earth Day, cites the impressive statistic that 1 billion people participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. Participants plant trees, clean streams and resolve to recycle more. In schools around the world, students spend several weeks learning about the planet and how they can make a difference.

What really matters, though, is what people do the day after Earth Day — and for the 363 days after that. Earth Day was born out of a desire to do something. In 1970, 20 million individuals from all walks of life united to protest the deterioration of the environment, and the results included the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act. Why can’t Earth Day 2013 be the start of this same kind of sea change?

My colleague Sylvia Earle, a renowned oceanographer whom Time Magazine called a “Hero for the Planet,” has said that the next 10 years may be more important than the last 10,000 in determining the fate of our oceans. She may as well be talking about the fate of humans. It may not be the planet that needs saving so much as we do.

 To read more of John’s call-to-action, click here

How are you celebrating Earth Day? Tell us in the comments or join the conversation on Twitter using #EarthDay

A Presidential Timeline: Commanders in Conservation

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Ever visited our DC venue? We represent every National Marine Sanctuary currently under federal protection! Did you know those were established by Presidential executive orders?

In celebration of President’s Day, we’re taking a look back at some of the biggest conservation milestones achieved by our nation’s leaders in the last century:

Theodore Roosevelt - established the U.S. Forest Service, the nation’s first national wildlife refuges, five national parks and 18 national monuments.

Richard Nixon - established the Environmental Protection Agency and signed the Endangered Species Act (ESA) into law. There are currently more than 2,000 species listed as threatened or endangered worldwide.

Gerald Ford - approved the designation of the USS Monitor National Marine Sanctuary off the coast of North Carolina. It became the nation’s first national marine sanctuary.

Bill Clinton - established, by executive order, the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve. His executive order also directed the EPA to reduce the amount of pollution on beaches, coasts and in ocean waters.

George W. Bush - designated nearly 200,000 square miles (larger than all of the country’s national parks combined) of Pacific Ocean as a federally protected area just two weeks before leaving the White House. This has become the largest ocean conservation effort in our nation’s history (it is also one of the largest marine sanctuaries in the world).

Barack Obama - established a National Ocean Council that will for the first time create a coordinated system for managing America’s oceans, coasts and Great Lakes.

While we celebrate these historic milestones in conservation, we know there is still a lot to be done! To find out more about our conservation programs and how YOU can get involved, click here


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