Participate in Earth Day 2013: The Face of Climate Change, an interactive mosaic by the Earth Day Network
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Climate change isn’t simply a problem for the government to solve; it’s a fact affecting individuals, animals and communities. On April 22, we will celebrate Earth Day. This year’s global theme: The Face of Climate Change. The goal of Earth Day 2013 is to “personalize the massive challenge that climate change presents, while uniting people around the globe into a powerful call to action.”
Earth Day 2013 is more prevalent than ever. Why? According to the Earth Day Network, “This past year marked many climate-change milestones. Arctic sea-ice cover reached a record low in September. The United States experienced its hottest year ever; this after the World Meteorological Organization announced that the first decade of this century was the hottest on record for the entire planet. Public perception of extreme weather events as ‘the new normal’ grew, as unusual super storms rocked the Caribbean, the Philippines and the northeast United States; droughts plagued northern Brazil, Russia, China and two-thirds of United States; exceptional floods inundated Nigeria, Pakistan and parts of China; and more. Meanwhile, international climate change talks stagnated.”
The Earth Day Network is collecting stories and images of people, animals and places affected by climate change — the faces of climate change. On April 22, images will be presented in an interactive mosaic at www.earthday.org/faces and will be shown at Earth Day events around the world.
The goal is to depict the very real impact that climate change is having on people’s lives and to unite thousands of Earth Day events around the world into one call for climate action,” said Franklin Russell, director of Earth Day at Earth Day Network. “The more people who participate, the more of an impact it will have.
You are invited to participate by uploading your photos and stories onto the Earth Day 2013 website: www.earthday.org/2013. Photos can also be posted to Twitter and Instagram, using hashtag #FaceOfClimate or to the Earth Day Network Facebook page: www.facebook.com/earthdaynetwork.
Your photos should display the impacts and solutions of climate change (from the Earth Day Network):
Impacts: How has climate change impacted your life and those around you? Perhaps you captured a photo of an animal whose habitat is threatened by climate change, or a photo of the devastating impacts of a drought or a hurricane in your region.
Solutions: What are you and your peers doing to fight climate change? For example, you can upload a photo of a recycling drive, a tree-planting event, an awareness campaign, or the ways you’re reducing your carbon footprint at home.
If possible, include a face in the picture and hold up a sign that says “The Face of Climate Change.”
In addition to the annual Earth Day Celebration, the Earth Day Network has developed The Canopy Project, a project to plant trees to help communities, especially the world’s impoverished communities. These trees help communities “sustain themselves and their local economies,” reversing the “impacts of land degradation” and providing “food, energy and income…Trees also filter the air and help stave off the effects of climate change.”
Donate to the Canopy Project. For every $1 donated, a tree will be planted.
For more on the global efforts of the Earth Day Network, check out this PSA about the Canopy Project by Jaden Smith: