April 22nd marks Earth Day, a day dedicated to raising awareness of environmental issues and encouraging action on climate change.
Earth Day originated in the United States of America in the 1970’s. It was created due to the lack of legal or regulatory mechanisms to protect our environment. It became a global movement in 1990 and has been celebrated ever since.
The theme of 2022’s Earth Day is “invest in our planet,” in order to change the environment, we also need to change business and politics. Earthday.org says that unstoppable courage is needed to preserve and protect our health, our families and our livelihoods.
There are many things you can do today to celebrate Earth Day. The Great Global Cleanup is a worldwide campaign created to help remove billions of pieces of trash from our beaches, lakes, trails and parks. This is to reduce waste and plastic pollution, improve habitats and prevent harm to wildlife and humans. If you want to learn more about The Great Global Cleanup, click here.
Sustainable consumption, especially when it comes to fashion, is another great change to make for Earth Day. Fast fashion is responsible for over 8% of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions. We need to shift the industry from fast fashion to sustainable fashion, which is a clothing supply chain that is ecologically and socially responsible. Click here to learn more about fast fashion and sign the petition here. If you are looking for some inspiration on where to get started with sustainable fashion, my go to is always Ethically Kate!
The Canopy Project aims to improve our environment by planting trees across the globe. Trees and forests are crucial to the health of our planet, they are the second biggest storehouse of carbon (after oceans). They also help support biodiversity as well as protecting waterways and enhancing soil nutrition. To learn more about The Canopy Project, click here.
As you know, food waste also plays a significant part in global warming. We throw away one third of the food that’s produced for human consumption which accounts for 10% of total emissions. For ideas to help reduce food waste, check out our blog post we did for Food Waste Day and our blog post about Best Before dates. Be sure to check the app today and find something to order for your lunch, while ensuring perfectly good food doesn’t end up in landfill.
Celebrating in your own way? We’d love to hear what you’re doing to mark this day.