Events and News
Earth Day 2012
Earth Day is the annual celebration of the environment and a time to assess the work needed to protect the natural gifts of our planet. Earth Day has no central organizing force behind it though several nongovernmental organizations work to keep track of the thousands of local events in schools and parks marking the day. Earth Day is observed around the world, although nowhere is it a national holiday. In the United States, it affirms that environmental awareness is part of the country's consciousness and that the idea of protecting the environment - once the province of a few conservationists - has moved from the extreme to the mainstream of American thought.Earth Day 2012 is focused on using A Billion Acts of Green to Mobilize the Earth. These themes showcase individual actions as small as pledging to drive less or recycle more adding up to a global environmental movement. The Earth Day Network website provides all of the information about these themes and planned events around the world.
Earth Day Network:
A Billion Acts of Green: http://act.earthday.org/
Ambassador Francis Ricciardone, his wife Dr. Marie Ricciardone, Turkish alumni who have participated in U.S. Embassy-sponsored exchange programs, U.S. Embassy staff and their families, and city officials planted trees to celebrate Earth Day in Ankara's Kazan district over the weekend. Ricciardone joined Kazan District Governor Veysel Beyru, Mayor Lokman Ertürk, and Forestry Director General Mustafa Kurtulmuşlu as well as Turkish and American children and other guests at the planting ceremony in Kazan.