Today is Earth Day. A lot of actions and initiatives have been taken around the world: cleaning the beaches and the streets, promote green energy to the public and in school, write your representatives to support green legislations, and so on…
In my case, I do realize that I have my share of contaminating this planet, just based on the carbon emission of my frequent trips for conferences and other meetings. However I have been promoting a “greener” science over the last 4 years, using for instance video conferencing when it was possible such in our last Io workshop or our last meetings for the future Lick observatory instruments. I take public transportation every day or I commute with friends. We remodeled our house installing insulation everywhere and energy efficient appliances and water heater. I am considering to install solar panels as soon they will be affordable.
I know I could do more actions and I am working on it. I was disappointed to hear that very few initiatives were taken in Europe and the media barely mentioned the existence of Earth Day.. So if you missed it because you were not aware of it, tomorrow you may consider to participate. Better too late that never! 🙂
I am attaching a link to a video (4.9 Mb) based on a sequence of images taken by the Messenger spacecraft while it was doing a gravity assist swingby of our home planet on Aug. 2, 2005 (see detailed caption below). Our planet is beautiful seen from space, let’s make sure we keep it like that.
Next post will be from Granada, Spain..