Heads up people, Earth Day is happening this month on 22 April.
What’s Earth Day you ask? It’s annual event that started in 1970 aimed at celebrating the achievements of the environmental movement as well as to raise awareness of the need to protect Earth’s natural resources for future generations.
Earth Day is now recognised by 193 countries, making it the largest civic observance in the world.
What do people get up to on Earth Day? A whole range of things from community clean-ups to turning lights off, upcycling flea markets, tree plantings, nature meditations, a climate change puppet show, and much more. For ideas and an Earth Day toolkit, go to on https://www.earthday.org/. For a global events map, to see what’s happening near you, see here. But guess what, you can also get involved without even getting off the sofa, see the list of ‘sofa-based activism’ suggestions below.
The theme of this year’s Earth Day is Invest In Our Planet, which highlights the importance of investing our time, resources, and energy to solving climate change and other environmental issues.
Investing in our planet is necessary to protect it and the best way to pave a path towards a prosperous future. When we Invest In Our Planet together, we are supporting healthy, happy, and wealthy communities worldwide.
Check out Earth Day’s Action toolkit to get involved: https://bit.ly/3U1LdWl
Among the initiatives of this year’s Earth Day, there’s a call for a global plastics treaty; a movement to promote climate literacy to create a generation of citizens, workers, students, and leaders ready for climate change; a massive effort on tree planting, and a call for big change in the fashion industry..
On a larger scale, Earth Day serves as a reminder of the collective responsibility we have to protect our planet. Governments and businesses have a critical role to play in creating policies and practices that promote sustainability and protect our natural resources. By holding leaders accountable and advocating for change, we can create a more sustainable future for all.
Want to save the world from your sofa? Here’s a few super easy actions you can take:
Sign this petition calling for a global plastics treaty: https://action.earthday.org/plasticstreaty
Why? Plastic pollution is one of the most fundamental issues threatening the health of humans, animals, and ecosystems worldwide. Micro-plastics are found everywhere, from mountaintops to the deepest oceans – and even inside our bodies. Unfortunately, addressing the crisis is beyond the ability of any single country, and despite the growing global consensus, no multilateral efforts have existed to combat this issue until now. Sign the treaty.
Join the Earth Day Social Squad and impact from the comfort of your chair
What’s a Social Squad? As part of the Social Squad, you’ll receive emails once a week with a post to share on your own Facebook and Twitter. With just a couple of clicks, you can spread the word. Sharing, liking and commenting on Earth Day posts pushes them to the top of the social media feeds, which then allows Earth Day to reach more people. Your clicks directly support the environmental movement. Join Earth Day social squad.
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As little as $1 can plant a tree
Home to about 80% of the world’s biodiversity, forests are collectively the second biggest storehouse of carbon after oceans, absorbing significant amounts of greenhouse gasses. They also enhance biodiversity, while protecting waterways, enhancing soil nutrition, and providing buffers from natural disasters.
The Canopy Project is Earth Day’s tree planting project and since 2010, millions of trees have been planted. Earth Day works with global partners to reforest areas in dire need of rehabilitation, including areas with some of the world’s communities most at-risk from climate change and environmental degradation. They have also conducted broad tree planting in the wake of environmental disasters. Go on, give them a few dollars.
Click here: donate.earthday.org/donate_to_the_canopy_project
Frock off to Fast fashion
The fashion industry must change. The industry is responsible for 10% of all carbon emissions. Textile processing consumes 20% of global wastewater. It pollutes rivers, streams and ground water with high levels of pesticides and harsh chemicals, many of which are carcinogenic. 60% of all clothing is made of polyester and contains microplastics. Washing garments made of polyester and other synthetics accounts for 35% of the ocean’s microplastics. Apparel companies conservatively produce 100 billion garments per year; less than 1% of clothing is recycled; 40 million tons of textiles (87% of clothing) are disposed of in landfills or incinerated.
Join the call to demand change in fashion. Click here: action.earthday.org/the-fashion-industry-must-change.
Finally, send a letter to your government representative and Vote Earth
Click here: https://www.earthday.org/support-the-earth-bill/
In conclusion, Earth Day is an important event that reminds us of the urgent need to protect our planet. By making sustainable choices in our daily lives, participating in local events and initiatives, and advocating for change on a larger scale, we can work together to restore and protect the earth for generations to come. Let us all do our part in ensuring that our planet remains a beautiful and livable place for all living beings.
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