The Face of Climate Change: Update, March 27

The Face of Climate Change is off to a great start! We’re receiving dozens of photos every day – photos of the impact that climate change is having on people, animals, and beloved places, photos of the extraordinary efforts of individuals to fight climate change, and photos of the concerned faces of people around the globe.

Like this one, a photo of the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in Cuba. Strengthened by warm sea surface temperatures, Hurricane Sandy hit Cuba on October 25th, 2012, as a Category 3 hurricane. It left in its wake an unprecedented path of destruction, taking the lives of at least 11 Cubans.

Fortunately, The Face of Climate Change is also represented by the tree-planting campaign initiated by the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society in Matale, Sri Lanka. The organization donated 100 trees to a local school and educated the students about the vital role that trees play in the carbon cycle.

In Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, seventh graders at a local international school took part in an environmental education program, aimed at promoting awareness about the effects of climate change in the region.

Be a part of the global mosaic! Upload your Face of Climate Change at www.earthday.org/2013.

Remember: The more people who participate, the bigger the impact we’ll have.

Meanwhile, Earth Day is less than a month away, and preparations are underway all around the globe.

In Ghana, the Rural Education and Development Programme is planning a series of events for Earth Day, including a clean-up, a theatre presentation incorporating The Face of Climate Change theme, and an essay competition in a local school. Across the world in Illinois, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources is moving forward with its Earth Day in the Parks campaign to host events in every Illinois state park each year. They expect to have about 1,000 participants in 2013.

Globally, about a billion people will participate in Earth Day 2013 – making it the largest civic observance on earth. Learn how you can get involved here.