Today, the world celebrates the 46th annual Earth Day. But this year, we celebrate it in a monumental way: up to 155 countries are signing the Paris Agreement on climate change at a ceremony at the UN in New York City this morning. The road to this landmark was arduous. The challenges that countries big and small, developed and developing faced were formidable. However, the common good to preserve our beautiful planet prevailed. The U.S. and China, for instance, have called efforts to fight climate change a “pillar” in their bilateral relationship.
Today is, indeed, quite a day to celebrate. At Joi Scientific, we champion the enormous effort, ingenuity and commitment to sustainable progress made by the countries signing the Paris Agreement with a visual journey to celebrate the joy of living on this amazing planet we all share.
Enjoy the view.
Apollo 11 Mission. View of moon limb with Earth on the horizon, Mare Smythii Region, July 1969.
NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and ESA astronaut Tim Peake. Aurora and the Pacific Northwest, taken from the International Space Station, January 20, 2016.
By the light of the moon, a whale majestically navigates the waters at the Sea of Cortez, Mexico, February 5, 2014.
On a crisp winter morning, seagulls follow a fishing boat off the coast of California, January 10, 2011.
A sea lion comes up for air, just in time for dinner, in Petersburg, Alaska, August 6, 2012.
Fungi growing on a fallen redwood tree in Muir Woods, California, December 8, 2007.
With Earth as the backdrop, a Zinnia flower grows inside the Veggie facility onboard the International Space Station, January 17, 2016
The sun sets behind a mountain at Union Glacier, part of the Heritage Range in the Ellsworth Mountains in Antarctica, November 29, 2012.
The sun comes out at Joshua Tree National Park in California, September 9, 2015.
Macro study of an iceberg, home to birds, fish and microorganisms, Antarctica, December 1, 2009.
Rainbow appears after rain moves on, Northern Europe, August 8, 2012.
We hope you are inspired by these photographs from NASA and photographer Christopher Michel. To mark the Paris Agreement signing ceremony, the UN launched a social media tree-planting campaign. The campaign uses the hashtags #ParisAgreement and #Trees4Earth. To participate click here.
Captions written by Joi Scientific.
“Gracious Giant,” “Brilliant Wings,” “Airy Supper,” “Resiliently Fragile,” “Icy Tranquility,” “Life Awakens,” “Glacial Abstract” and “Nature’s Bridge” courtesy of Silicon Valley photographer Christopher Michel.
As the Hydrogen 2.0 ecosystem gains momentum, we’ll be sharing our views and insights on the new Hydrogen 2.0 Economy. We also update our blog every week with insightful and current knowledge in this growing energy field.