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Earth Day 2015

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22 Apr 2015
April 22nd marks the anniversary of the environmental movement in 1970 known as Earth Day. The movement began in the United States, who at the time, were using leaded gas and the industries across the nation were producing harmful smoke with no fear of the legal and moral consequences.

Earth Day 1970 capitalised on the emerging recognition of how humans are affecting the planet with war and pollution. The founder of Earth day was a U.S Senator from Wisconsin who, after witnessing the 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara, California, realised that if he could harness the public awareness and outrage concerning the Vietnam War and turn it towards environmental protection, it would force the issue onto the national agenda. The movement was a success and it led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Act.

Twenty years later in 1990 Earth Day went global, mobilising 200 million people in 141 countries, putting environmental issues on the international stage and led the way for the 1992 United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.

Today, Earth Day focuses on global warming, the environmental cost of war and promotes the use of clean energy. The Earth Day network reaches over 22,000 organisations in 192 countries as well as using education to teach younger generations about the impact that they can have on the environment.

Many places of work now try and be as environmentally friendly as possible with paper recycling as a minimum environmental standard in all offices.  Here at Sellick Partnership we try and be as environmentally friendly as possible by adopting a (mostly) paperless office, utilising motion censored lights, a plastic and glass recycling system and a no waste water machine.

However, with solar technology moving forward we could soon have windows that produce our electricity and provide power to the air conditioning like many skyscrapers across America. There is always something more that we can do to help the environment in the workplace and at home that doesn't "cost the earth” such as: building a small green area on the balconies (if you have one) for wildlife and ensuring computers are switched off when you leave.

The message of Earth Day is to remember the environment. It is important that the smallest contributions are recognised and having the ability to adapt and evolve new environmental saving techniques is crucial for businesses and at home.

How does your office contribute to Earth Day and remain enviromentally friendly? Let me know in the comments below...
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