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Biggest Environmental Protection Issues for Earth Day

Biggest Environmental Protection Issue for Earth Day 2018: Plastic | New England College (NEC) | Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies and Sustainability

Many people interested in environmental protection and sustainability issues look to the Earth Day Network for guidance, as the organization has grown into the world’s single largest environmental group. Each year, they focus on a specific environmental concern that needs attention.

Those interested in earning a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and sustainability understand the importance of groups like Earth Day Network and the work they do to raise awareness and promote change. These groups lead tomorrow’s environmental protection efforts.

Environmental Protection Focus

April 22 is Earth Day, and Earth Day Network organizers are gearing up to raise awareness, affect policy change, and build a global movement that will continue to push for environmental change in the years to come. Their official campaign of 2019 is “Protect our Species,” and the group has shared some startling information that explains why this focus is so important.   

  • The world is facing the greatest rate of extinction since we lost the dinosaurs more than 60 million years ago
  • All species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, arthropods (insects and arachnids), fish, crustaceans, corals and other cnidarians, and plants have declined.
  • Normally, between one and five species will go extinct annually. However, scientists estimate that we are now losing species at 1,000 to 10,000 times the normal rate, with multiple extinctions daily.
  • The good news is that the rate of extinctions can still be slowed.

Get Involved with Environmental Protection

The Earth Day Network’s website provides plenty of information about events that promote environmental protection.

In the broader sense, those earning degrees in the environmental field position themselves for leadership roles in the sustainability movement. New England College’s Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and Sustainability is one such degree. This program teaches students environmental policy, ethics, economics, and research methods.

But our program also goes beyond that, offering classes on social justice, sustainable development and business enterprise, water resources, soil science, energy and the environment, solid waste management, air quality, and sustainability project finance modeling. This approach helps students take the theory and knowledge learned in the classroom and apply it to real-world situations.

Potential career options include:

  • Nonprofit organizations that address environmental issues
  • State and federal agencies with a mission to conserve and protect the environment
  • Wastewater operations or solid-waste management
  • Environmental consulting
  • Environmental education

Last year, the Earth Day Network launched a Plastic Pollution Calculator to help people determine how much plastic they use and make plans to reduce that amount as much as possible.

Environmental protection issues rank among the most important challenges facing the world today. For those interested in truly making a difference—on Earth Day and every day—earning a degree in this field is a step worth considering.