Almost four decades after Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. senator, launched his conscience campaign against irresponsible environmental policies worldwide and citizenry indifference, most western hemisphere governments have continued Earth Day Celebration each April 22nd. year after year since 1970. This non-government event has permitted thousands of universities to participate in an independent awareness movement that has contributed to a better understanding of the risks of human excesses in the conservation of our planet Earth.
In the wake of the economic crisis provoked by unethical irresponsible actions both of businessmen and politicians the world over, environmental issues have attained an enormous relevance in seeking alternative activities that resolve financial mismanagement abuses. It shall be Nature’s conservation that will offer new job posts and innovative activities that break away from merely economic endeavours that have caused such calamitous socio-economic scenario.
President Obama’s change of heart in reference to his predecessor’s steadfast anti-Kyoto policies and the European Union’s insistence to link CO2 global production before 2020 represent a faint hope that world leaders are finally putting environmental and climate change issues at the top of their priority list. On this Earth Day Celebration, let’s cross our fingers that all changes will lead to a more solid awareness that conserving Nature is our guarantee for a better quality of living over and above any financial crisis.
Madrid, April 22, 2009