We are very excited that BRAINetwork is now an official partner of the Earth Day Network!! Earth Day is only a few days away and the BRAINetwork Team is now making preparations for celebrating Earth Day with the indigenous communities of the Belum-Temengor Rainforest Complex. Come and join us as we celebrate Earth Day on 22nd April 2014.
Celebrating Earth Day is more than just a one-off event for BRAINetwork. We are first and foremost a research cluster of Universiti Sains Malaysia. This celebration is part of our ongoing research project with the indigenous communities of the Belum-Temengor Rainforest Complex. Our FIRST MILE PROJECT aims to change mindsets, empowering indigenous communities to become sustainable, explore the biodiversity of their world and share it with others. We will also conduct community sustainability assessment studies based on FOUR broad issues of community life: ecological, social, economic and spiritual wellbeing.
What is Earth Day?
The first Earth Day – on April 22, 1970 – was the birth of the modern environmental movement. Twenty million Americans took to the streets in cities all over the country to demand that something be done about the destruction of the environment. The events of that day led to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.
Since then, Earth Day and the global environmental movement have grown exponentially. Today, more than a billion people in 192 countries participate in Earth Day-related activities. It is the largest civic observance in the world.
Like Earth Days of the past, Earth Day 2014 will focus on the unique environmental challenges of our time. As the world’s population migrates to cities, and as the bleak reality of climate change becomes increasingly clear, the need to create sustainable communities is more important than ever. Earth Day 2014 will seek to do just that through its global theme: Green Cities. With smart investments in sustainable technology, forward-thinking public policy, and an educated and active public, we can transform our cities and forge a sustainable future.
With this goal in mind, Earth Day Network is working with cities and partners around the world to plan and execute events on Earth Day. From San Francisco to San Juan, Beijing to Brussels, Moscow to Marrakesh, Earth Day participants will help green their communities by planting trees, organizing cleanups, contacting their elected officials, and much more—all on behalf of the environment. Nothing is more powerful than the collective action of a billion people. [ Information provided by Earth Day.org ]
BRAINetwork is now part of this community. Together, we hope to make a difference in preserving the environment.