The constant advancement of science, technology, and engineering has allowed for global progress, but our planet has endured the less favorable consequences of the process. With each passing day, our duty to preserve and protect the Earth grows. Though every day should present the opportunity to practice environmentally conscious and mindful behavior, April 22nd has served as the official Earth Day for over 50 years.
In 1970, Earth Day came to fruition as a response to the toxic waste and pollution caused by factories. Congress authorized the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to tackle these newfound environmental issues, eventually leading to protective legal regulations like the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act. Since then, Earth Day has served as a reminder to continually modify and monitor our conservation methods and spread environmental awareness. Human beings have a collective responsibility towards the planet we inhabit, and we can more easily sustain it through concentrated efforts.
This year, the 46th administration will hold a global climate summit on Earth Day that aims to take vigorous action against one of the most pressing environmental concerns: climate change.
The Earth Day website currently has virtual events lined up from the 20th – 22nd. You can explore www.earthday.org to register for events, educate yourself on climate and environmental literacy, and find out more about how you can take action.
In addition to their physical outreach at the Earth Day Festival this past weekend, Lone Star Legal Aid’s Environmental Justice team will be participating in the following Facebook Live events to educate and inform the public:
Friday, April 23, 2021 at 10 AM
Live Presentation on LSLA’S Environmental Nuisance Reporter
Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 3 PM
Live interview with a member of the Texas Commission for Environmental Quality
Lone Star Legal Aid is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit law firm focused on advocacy on behalf of low-income and underserved populations. Lone Star Legal Aid serves millions of people at 125% of federal poverty guidelines that reside in 72 counties in the eastern and Gulf Coast regions of Texas, and 4 counties of southwest Arkansas. Lone Star Legal Aid focuses its resources on maintaining, enhancing, and protecting income and economic stability; preserving housing; improving outcomes for children; establishing and sustaining family safety and stability, health and well‐being; and assisting populations with special vulnerabilities, like those who have disabilities, or who are elderly, homeless, or have limited English language skills. To learn more about Lone Star Legal Aid, visit our website at http://www.lonestarlegal.org.
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