Earth Day 2010
Singapore, 23rd April 2010
Yesterday was Earth Day 2010, the 40th Anniversary of the Earth Day Network. I previously blogged about Earth Hour held not so long ago, but this environmental network has been around much longer. I have to confess I was not really aware of this organization nor its global outreach. I went to their official website www.earthday.org to find out more. I quote from the website:
“Earth Day Network was founded on the premise that all people, regardless of race, gender, income, or geography, have a moral right to a healthy, sustainable environment. Our mission is to broaden and diversify the environmental movement worldwide, and to mobilize it as the most effective vehicle for promoting a healthy, sustainable environment. We pursue our mission through a combination of education, public policy, and activism campaigns. Earth Day Network has a global reach with more than 20,000 partners and organizations in 190 countries. More than 1 billion people participate in Earth Day activities, making it the largest secular civic event in the world. Earth Day 2010 can be a turning point to advance climate policy, energy efficiency, renewable energy and green jobs. Earth Day Network is galvanizing millions who make personal commitments to sustainability. Earth Day 2010 is a pivotal opportunity for individuals, corporations and governments to join together and create a global green economy. Join the more than one billion people in 190 countries that are taking action for Earth Day”
Needless to say that environmental consciousness is becoming very big. Brought to the main public attention by Al Gore’s “An inconvenient truth” amongst others a few years ago, it is has now really reached main stream public acceptance.
As lighting designers we can but apply our professional consciousness, not only today but every day, by using lighting systems and designs that contribute to this worldwide cause. It was maybe (not) a coincidence that in an interview for a new project today the client insisted that their building had to have Greemark compliance and that they were asking us to design as much as possible with LED lighting…