More than 1 billion people will be involved in Earth Day

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More than 1 billion people in 192 countries will take action to protect the shared environment on Earth Day, April 22. All across the globe, in big cities to small villages and everything in between, people are organizing, demanding climate action, cleaning up their local communities, meeting with elected officials, planting trees and teaching children to protect the planet.

This year, in a rare and special event, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has invited every world leader to the United Nations to sign the Paris Climate Agreement reached last December. It is no coincidence that the agreement is being opened for signatures on April 22, Earth Day.

“Earth Day is the largest, most recognizable face of the environmental movement,” said Kathleen Rogers, president of Earth Day Network. “Millions of people in dozens of different countries will become lifelong environmentalists this and every Earth Day. Hundreds of thousands will be children — our planet’s future. They will join the more than 1 billion people who already use Earth Day to focus on the urgent need to stabilize and reduce global greenhouse gas emissions, fight climate change, act locally, become climate voters and protect their children’s futures.”

This year, Earth Day Network is focusing on the urgent need to plant new trees and forests worldwide. Throughout the year, Earth Day Network takes part in tree plantings across the U.S. and worldwide. But this year they are raising the stakes.

Beginning the four-year countdown to Earth Day’s 50th anniversary in 2020, Earth Day Network is pledging to plant 7.8 billion trees worldwide — one for every person on the plant.

Take part in these city-affiliated Earth Day events:

One Stop Drop — Electronic Recycling event. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. April 22, Cowboy Santas Warehouse, 541 N. Main St. Benefiting Cowboy Santas. Drive up to the warehouse and drop off your electronics for free. Items that can be donated include iPods, TVs, computers, radios and anything else with an electrical cord.