What you can do to get involved this Earth Day
Updated: May 6
Every year on April 22, the world celebrates Earth Day. First introduced in the USA in 1970, the initial idea was in response to the devastating effects of a large oil spill in California that occurred the year before.
In 1990, Earth Day became an international campaign which since has celebrated successes in recycling efforts, tree planting and, perhaps most notably, the signing of the Paris Agreement in 2015. Attracting an estimated 1 billion people, Earth Day is the world’s biggest secular observance.
This year’s event will run over 3 days from April 20th to the 22nd. The theme is “Restore Our Earth” where, through both online and in-person activities, participants will be urged to consider how we can restore the Earth’s ecosystems and reduce our impact on the planet.
Over the last year, we’ve seen nature start to heal itself as the world was in lockdown. However, despite calls for a green recovery from the global pandemic, global CO2 emissions are now back at above pre-pandemic levels. Earth Day this year will present an important opportunity to challenge leaders to commit to more proactive climate action.
As part of the Restore Our Earth theme, earthday.org have released some campaigns to help spread the message and raise awareness. Campaigns include an emphasis on the importance of reforestation, a focus on foodprints and regenerative agriculture, the Great Global CleanUp, and climate literacy.
So, wondering what you can do to get involved this Earth Day? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. We’ve put together 5 easy ways you can get involved:
1. Become climate savvy
In line with the climate literacy campaign, reading up on the latest climate news, various carbon footprints, and zero-waste schemes (plus many more!) is one of the most effective ways to get involved. And the best part is, most of the hard work has already been done for you. There are plenty of podcasts and YouTube channels that specialise in climate topics, or tune into Earth Day Live. So, our first point is to sit back, relax and learn something new!
2. Share your newfound knowledge!
Become the climate expert in your family or friendship group. Share what you learnt in the previous step – it’s as easy as that! A lot of the time, when people don’t have a broad understanding of climate change and ecological destruction, it’s because they don’t have access to the information or know how to find it. So, start the conversation, it might end up being an interesting discussion! Knowledge is power – so share it!
3. Discover your foodprint
“A foodprint measures the environmental impacts associated with growing, producing, transporting, and storing our food” (earthday.org). It’s easy to overlook the environmental impact of our food, but our food has significant water and carbon footprints. Discover the impact of your weekly shop, find ways to reduce your foodprint, and try some plant-based recipes. They often have substantially lower carbon footprints than other foods. Check out the link below to find out more.
4. Clean up your neighbourhood
By this point, you’re probably going to be a bit sick of doing all this research. So, get up, stretch your legs, and go for a walk. And while you’re at it, take an old plastic bag with you and some gloves. If you see any litter on your walk, pick it up and put it in your bag. You’ll be surprised at how much litter you’ll find. In line with the key messages from the Great Global Cleanup, you’ll experience first-hand the extent of our single-use plastic problem, prevent harm to wildlife and improve habitats. Sounds good to me!
5. The power of trees
Earthday.org recognises that planting billions of trees all over the world is one of the biggest ways to tackle the climate crisis. Trees also have lots of other benefits such as habitats for animals, purifying the air, and provide ecological services for us humans. However, tree planting needs to be sustainable and responsible, otherwise, more damage than good can be done to the environment. Lucky for you, we’ve made this super easy. If you want to get involved in reforesting the world, check out our website using the link below!
There you have it! Five easy ways you can get involved this Earth Day. The most important thing to remember here is that you can make a bigger contribution to the health of the Earth by implementing sustainable practices on a daily basis. Treat every day like Earth Day. 🌍