Thursday, April 19, 2012

Celebrating Mother Earth

By Annmarie Dean

Sunday, April 22 marks the 42nd anniversary of Earth Day and what many people consider the birth of the modern environmental movement. In 1970, 20 million Americans demonstrated for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive rallies and since that rally, the environmental movement has led to many milestones, including the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Act. In 1990, Earth Day celebrations went global resulting in a huge boost in recycling efforts.


This year, you can be part of the Billion Acts of Green Campaign, where people pledge tasks as simple as using both sides of a piece of paper, eating more local food to driving a fuel efficient vehicle and organizing a community Earth Day event in celebration of the global day of recognition. The Earth Day Network is currently boasting more than 970,000,000 pledges!


Here at WNED, we’re doing our part to go green. Whether it is recycling paper, plastics and tins to our every day operations; almost everything that runs the building from electricity to state-of-the-art construction alternatives are made to be high efficient and help to decrease energy consumption.

ThinkBright and Well/WORLD and WNED-TV are also joining in on the Earth Day festivities by broadcasting programs featuring environmental topics:

  • Earth Days: American Experience -- A look back to the dawn and development of the modern environmental movement through the extraordinary stories of the era’s pioneers. On ThinkBright and Well/WORLD: Sunday, April 22 at noon & 7 p.m.

  • The Independent Lens: Revenge of the Electric Car -- This program goes behind the closed doors of the giants of the auto-making industry to chronicle the global resurgence of electric cars. On ThinkBright and Well/WORLD: Wednesday, April 25 at 2:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 28 at noon. On WNED-TV: Sunday, April 29 at 10:30 p.m.
  • Earth: The Operators’ Manual -- Noted scientist and host Richard Alley travels the world to explore Earth’s climate history, the interconnections between humans and fossil fuels and our future energy options. On ThinkBright and Well/WORLD: Monday, April 23 at 9 a.m., 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Wednesday April 25 at 10 a.m. & 4 p.m.; Friday April 27 at 11 a.m.
  • Energy Quest USA – Earth: The Operators’ Manual -- Explore America’s energy past, the promise of more efficient lighting and the quest to reach a science-based national consensus about smart energy choices and climate control. On ThinkBright and Well/WORLD: Friday, April 27 at 9 a.m., 3 p.m. & 8 p.m. On WNED-TV: Sunday, April 22 at 4 p.m.
  • Powering The Planet – Earth: The Operators’ Manual -- Follow successful case studies around the world and across the United States that illustrate abrupt climate change and “tipping points.” On ThinkBright and Well/WORLD: Friday, April 27 at 10 a.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m. & 9 p.m. On WNED-TV: Monday, April 23 at 10:30 p.m.

Do you have any plans to celebrate Earth Day this year? Will you be a participant in the Billion Acts of Green campaign?

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