April 22nd marks 50 years of celebrating Earth Day. Starting in 1970, the purpose of Earth Day is to drive change amongst people in order to help the planet. This day brings individuals together to push for a plan of action that will help to save the Earth. Since Earth Day began in the 70s, the Earth Day Network has achieved numerous goals that foster an environmentally-friendly world. Even though we are social distancing, there are still many ways that you can celebrate Earth Day.
What Does the Earth Day Network Do?
First and foremost, the Earth Day Network has fought for many programs to pass that better the environment. For example, The Canopy Project has led to the planting of hundreds of millions of trees in 32 different countries that are in need of reforestation. Another notable program passed is the Green Ribbon School Program. This recognizes private and public schools that reduce their environmental impacts and provide environmental education in their curriculum. Additionally, the Global Water Network is an online portal in which professionals and activists focus on the freshwater crisis. The Earth Day Network has accomplished many notable goals that push people to come together and engage in environmentally-friendly acts.
How Can You Celebrate Earth Day?
Earth Day 2020 is going digital in light of the safety of participants due to COVID-19. Although we are at home and can’t really rally as a group, there are plenty of ways you can get involved and spread the word.
Earthday.org suggests making a window sign for Earth Day! If you aren’t sure where to start, they provide many different ideas that you can put on your sign followed by the hashtag #earthrise, #earthday2020, or a link to earthday.org.
One of the first places we can change our habits is right within our community. Gather members of your community virtually to discuss issues within the climate and steps we can take to change them. The Earth Day Network provides a five topic discussion to keep your conversation moving.
Make Small Changes in Your Everyday Life
There are many different ways that we can implement small changes in our lives that are better for the environment. If you turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth or washing your hands, you can save up to 8 gallons of water a day. Additionally, washing your laundry in cold water saves energy because 90% of energy used goes to heating the water of your washing machine. Eliminate your use of plastic by purchasing a reusable water bottle, instead of buying packs of plastic ones. You can also bring a reusable coffee cup to your local coffee shop, instead of using one of their disposable ones. Although all simple, adding these changes into your daily life can make a huge difference in the health of the environment.
Just because we can’t come together on Earth Day 2020 doesn’t mean we can’t take action from the comfort of our home. Earth Day is an important day that should not only be recognized on April 22nd, but on the 364 other days of the year as well. We only get one Earth, and now is our time to step up and pledge to save the place that we call home.
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