Earth Day 2022: Let's invest in our planet

ORANJESTAD – The Department of Nature and Environment (DNM) is bringing forward the history of Earth Day.

This year's theme is to raise awareness about this momentous day.   

For the past two years, the platform www.earthday.org has held online events, and this year it will be no different. They will be combining some online sessions and live streams in every country, DNM will collaborate with the Monuments Foundation to honor the building of the Uncle Louis Store with an award for the monument as well as for the sustainable quality of the building. This year's Earth Day, celebrated on April 22, 2022, has as theme “Let’s invest in our planet” and is . The aim of the theme is to motivate the community to become more active in voluntary activities such as clean-ups or tree planting, which will all benefit the environment and earth. 

On www.earthday.org they will host live webinars and series focused on youth empowerment. There will have a world map on which one can see what each country and its organizations are doing on this day. In Aruba, some organizations have already registered their activities. DNM will be focusing on the importance of incorporating sustainable efforts when renovating monumental buildings.

Earth Day 2022On this day, the building in which the DNM is located will receive the Pieter van Vollenhoven 2022 award. This renovated building has sustainable qualities, for example storage of condensed water from AC units toilet use. This water is collected in special containers and automatically fills toilet tanks used when flushing. However, the toilet drains connect to the sewage system of the RWZI in San Nicolas. The building has solar panels installed on the roof while the lights and AC units are programmed to turn on during operation hours and when motion is detected. The windows and doors all have a film that blocks the heat and sun from entering the building. The DNM has reached a collaboration with Plastic Beach Party (PBP). It installed recycled plastic panels to protect against the sun and to protect the AC units. This way, the DNM also contributes to the system of the circular life of plastics. The DNM collects all kinds of plastic and uses the services of the PBP that recycles these.

The DNM is very happy with the Uncle Louis Store building award, especially since it will get this award on Earth Day 2022. Every building has its history, and so does the Uncle Louis Store.

History of Earth Day.

Senator Gaylord Nelson, the junior senator from Wisconsin, had long been concerned about the deteriorating environment in the United States. Then in January 1969, he and many others witnessed the ravages of a massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. Inspired by the student anti-war movement, Senator Nelson wanted to infuse the energy of student anti-war protests with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution. The first Earth Day led to the founding of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) and the clean air act, clean water act, and endangered species act. Earthday.org is now the largest environmental organization in the world. 

This year's theme is an investment in the planet. The goal is to encourage people to take action and invest time in the community. The simplest thing to do is a clean-up in the neighborhood, beach, or yard. The Earth Day initiative includes the Great Global Clean-up, where groups can register their clean-up events. This event benefits the environment and has apositive impact on communities, countries, and the earth. By actively participating in these activities, people become more mindfulo of their habits when dealing with waste.

The goal of earthday.org is the greatest civic observation around the world with over 1 billion participants from 192 countries. The  Canopy Project also encourages people to plant trees all over the world. Since 2010, earthday.org, they succeeded in motivating people to plant over 10 million trees. With this initiative, they want to re-forest areas that require rehabilitation and locations at risk for climate change. In Aruba, some organizations such as Ban Lanta y Planta areas are looking for more volunteers and funds to plant trees in protected areas.

DNM hopes that the Aruban community becomes more active on Earth Day by keeping Aruba clean and becoming aware of the impact caused by our daily produced waste. Plant a native tree in your yard, take care of it, and water it frequently so that other generations can enjoy them. On Earth Day please take action, invest in our planet and share your pics on the DNM’s social media @Dnmaruba. Include the hashtags #InvestInOurplanet #WhatWillYouDo #EarthDay #EarthDayEveryDay #ClimateChange #Environment #Sustainability #TakeAction #Nature #Aruba

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