By Lola Gayle, Editor-at-large

Earth Day is celebrated every year on April 22. Why? Because Mother Earth is where we live. She nurtures us. She feeds us. We literally wouldn’t be here without her. She truly is our mother.

Thanks to President Donald Trump and his big bucket of scientifically-illiterate cronies, this year’s Earth Day serves as a stark reminder that we must all defend the vital public service role that science plays in our communities and our world.

Because of this, the official theme for 2017 is all about Environmental & Climate Literacy. And it’s also the 47th anniversary of this very special day. [ History of Earth Day ]

Here’s what Earth Day Network has to say about this year’s theme:

Education is the foundation for progress. We need to build a global citizenry fluent in the concepts of climate change and aware of its unprecedented threat to our planet. We need to empower everyone with the knowledge to inspire action in defense of environmental protection. Environmental and climate literacy is the engine not only for creating green voters and advancing environmental and climate laws and policies but also for accelerating green technologies and jobs.

So what can you do? Just about anything really!

  • MARCH FOR SCIENCE and let Donald Trump and all politicians (corrupt or not) know you’re watching their stance on the climate and renewable energy. [ WATCH LIVE 10am E / 9am C]
  • Plant a tree.
  • Save some bees (or any species of your choosing).
  • Stand up to climate change and turn off the lights.
  • Use your feet instead of an engine.
  • Pick up some trash.
  • Stick your feet in the sand and thank Mother Nature while sipping an organic margarita.
  • Anything related to our Earth!

For me it was upcycling a bunch of used cardboard into some awesome pop art portraits. Every little bit helps really.

Earth Day Network also suggests that you gather with your community for an Environmental & Climate Literacy Teach-In or another project focused on education. To that end, the organization is offering Earth Day and Teach-In toolkits that lay out the steps for holding a successful event. The information is also useful for any day of the year.

Here are a few more ideas on how you can TAKE ACTION.

Whatever you do, make sure you take a moment to kiss the ground or hug a tree because there’s no place like home. But most of all, spread education! Science should never be silent!

Top Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory image by Joshua Stevens, using Suomi NPP VIIRS data from Miguel Román, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Full size image available here.

Further Reading

1. Earth Day: Our Dependence on our Mother (Espirational)