In tomorrow’s celebration of our Mother Earth through the annual worldwide observance of Earth Day, awareness and appreciation of the Earth’s environment will continue in inspiring tradition. Marking the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement founded in 1969 and later established as an environmental teach-in the following year, Earth Day is the only event celebrated simultaneously around the globe by people of all backgrounds, faiths and nationalities. Today, the message is that of the fight against pollution, the destruction of wildlife and the urban sprawl that comes as a consequence of continued industrialization. The driving force of the Earth Day Network promotes environmental citizenship and year-round progressive action while steering environmental awareness around the world. Through the Network, activists voice their views for change in local, national and global policies. In our present century, such efforts are more relevant than ever in the face of the growing concern about global warming and environmental sustainability as more than half a billion people participate in the Earth Day Network campaigns each year.
The extended Earth Week during which various school projects, community activities and activist campaigns take place (between the 16th and 22nd April) has certainly come a long way since its year of inception, and as a result has not been without impact: In 1990, it gave a huge boost to recycling efforts worldwide and helped pave the way for the 1992 United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. And last year’s Earth Day 2007 was one of the largest Earth Days to date, with an estimated billion people participating in the activities in thousands of cities including Kiev, Caracas, Manila, Togo, Madrid, London and New York. In honour of the fesitivities, enjoy ‘Earth’ (shown above), a project written and produced by BPitch Control’s Modeselektor, Dalbin and Pfadfinderei (2005). Also, here are some ideas on how to celebrate Earth Day.
Caption: In spring 2005, Pfadfinderei and Modeselektor were asked to create a piece of visual music for the “design d’aujourd’hui” exhibition at Centre Pompidou, Paris. The topic of the group installation with the artists from the visual music label Dalbin were the five elements. The playground was a five screen panoramic installation with a Dolby 5.1 soundsystem that surrounded the spectators acoustically and visually.
Sarah Badr © MMVIII
See also: Earth Day 2008 Online