Earth Day was launched in the United States in 1970 as a way to raise awareness of the devastating impact that man was having on the planet. Approximately 20 million people in the United States took part in demonstrations that yielded the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Since then, Earth Day has gone global. This year, more than one billion people are expected to take part in Earth Day events and activities in almost 200 countries.
In 1930, there were about two billion people on Earth. There are now more than seven billion and we’re adding about 77 million more per year. As our population increases, we encroach ever more on the environment, destroying forests, grasslands and other green spaces and losing thousands of species of animals and plants each year as a result.
Choosing to limit the number of children you have is one of the most environmentally responsible actions you can take. There are many other ways in which we can be environmentally responsible — reducing our air travel, installing solar panels on our roofs and eating less meat are only a few of them.
Consider making a donation to PopOffsets, which enables you to offset your carbon emissions by supporting family planning programmes across the globe. By supporting PopOffsets, you not only would be benefiting the environment, but helping people to take control of their lives.