Happy Earth Day!

On Earth Day, a view of most of North America taken from a low orbit of about 826 km altitude aboard NASA's Earth-observing research satellite, Suomi NPP

On Earth Day, a view of most of North America taken from a low orbit of about 826 km altitude aboard NASA's Earth-observing research satellite, Suomi NPP

Today, 22nd April, more than a billion people around the world will celebrate Earth Day on its 44th anniversary.

Peace activist John McConnell founded the Day during a UNESCO meeting in 1969, when he said ‘the world of tomorrow is not foreordained to be either good or bad rather it will be what we make it.’ It was then changed to its official date by Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in to be held on 22nd April.

During this time over 20 million people in the United States rallied for increased protection of the environment, as it was in visible ruins.

Earth Day is celebrated each year in more than 192 countries with events that demonstrate support for environmental protection and which are coordinated by the Earth Day Global Network (www.earthday.org). The events include campaigns, demonstrations, planting trees, beach clean-ups and lectures.

As an environmental charity we enthusiastically support this initiative as it raises awareness and it should be something we think about and act on every day.

Share your thoughts and events with us via twitter on @p1marine. Let us know what you have done today to help the planet no matter how small the initiative.