Fredericksburg and Alexandria, VA and Oakland, CA (PRWEB) April 16, 2014
"We are the world's biggest recruiter for the environmental movement," says President of the Earth Day Network, Kathleen Rogers, in a just released interview with Marstel-Day President and CEO Rebecca R. Rubin.
As part of Marstel-Day's ongoing series, Vital Voices of the Environment with Rebecca R. Rubin, and in recognition of Earth Day, Rogers explains how Earth Day has grown from a singular event in 1970 to a global movement that enlists more than a billion people in nearly 200 countries across the globe. View the interview here:
"Earth Day is more than a day of recycling and turning off the lights when we're out of the room," said Rubin. "It has become an enduring reminder of our responsibility to care for our planet, and a clarion call to actively participate in its protection."
Launched in 1970 by Senator Gaylord Nelson (D-WI) and environmental activist, Denis Hayes, the first Earth Day brought more than 20 million Americans - or nearly 10% of the public - into the streets for peaceful demonstrations around environmental reform. Today Earth Day events occur in 192 countries, and the Earth Day Network was created to serve as a unifying body.
Under Kathleen Rogers' leadership, the Earth Day Network has broadened its scope, adopting a programmatic platform that includes greening of schools and cities, advocating for a comprehensive response to climate change, and organizing massive tree planting campaigns. Rogers has also been an advocate for recruiting more women into the green economy.
In the interview, Rogers tells Rubin how people can get involved on Earth Day and throughout the year. In particular, she emphasizes "stepping out into your communities," and reaching out to elected officials to let them know of their support for environmentally-responsible decision-making.
Marstel-Day's Vital Voices of the Environment with Rebecca R. Rubin series spotlights critical thinkers, each of whom offers unique insight on the key issues we face now and for the environmental future of our planet.
Working across the globe, Marstel-Day is a socially-responsible environmental company that helps clients address complex land, water, climate and energy challenges. It has been recognized for five consecutive years as one of the Inc. 5000 fastest-growing companies. Visit http://www.marstel-day.com.