Earth Day 2014: Green For All Pauses to Reflect, Prepare & Celebrate


Alyssa Ritterstein

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In 1970, the world celebrated its first Earth Day. Now, more than forty years later, Green For All is taking this time to reflect on the current climate, prepare our communities to thrive in the face of climate change, and celebrate our green energy leaders.

Statement of Green For All Executive Director Nikki Silvestri

“This Earth Day, we’re pausing to reflect, prepare and celebrate. When we look around, we can’t deny that the problems facing our planet are daunting. Big polluters are still getting away with poisoning our air and water. Worldwide, we’re seeing a spike in storms, drought, and disasters—and poor folks and communities of color continue to get hit first and worst by climate change.

Today is a reminder that we need greater environmental protections. We also need to prepare communities for the climate disasters ahead, while strengthening our ability to leap forward economically and environmentally. It’s not enough to increase infrastructure and emergency response systems. We have to invest in public health, economic vitality, and social cohesion too.

We also have to remind ourselves of how far we’ve come. Green industries are growing faster than the rest of the economy. Whether providing services like wind and solar power, weatherization, or sustainable food, these businesses do more than generate profits. They’re creating good-paying jobs that put people to work, while also building a better future for our families.

As we look to the future of the green economy, I’m excited to see where the next forty plus years take us.”


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