On the 22nd of April we celebrate Earth day! But what exactly is it?
It was first celebrated on 22 April 1970 under the leadership of Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson, who encouraged students to raise environmental awareness in their communities. Earth Day marks the anniversary of the birth of the world's largest environmental movement each year.
Later on in 1990, under the leadership of American environmentalist Denis Hayes, Earth Day became a global event, mobilising 200 million people in 141 countries and acting as a lever for global environmental issues. Earth Day gave a huge boost to reuse and recycling awareness campaigns
What exactly do we do on this day?
The aim is to educate people and encourage environmental movements around the world.
Here are a few things you can do during this day:
- Clean the environment around you, get rid of some of the plastic waste in your area! You can do it with your neighbors, friends or family. It's the perfect occasion to spend some quality time with the people around you and to have a positive impact on the planet.
- Plant a tree or some flowers to make your area greener, Trees and forests are extremely important for providing oxygen, homes, and resources to animals, which includes us.
- Buy a bag for life, using single use plastic bags has a terrible impact on the environment, most of the time they end up in landfills or oceans harming sea animals.
- Shop local and sustainable, it’s a great way to get fresh produce and is beneficial in many ways. Firstly, they support local businesses encouraging positive growth in your area. They also tend to use a lot less, or even no plastic packaging compared to supermarkets, so help reduce waste. Finally, the products are grown or made locally so transport distances are very short and CO2 emissions are low.
These tips need to be taken into account during the whole year. Earth day is here to remind us of the serious environmental problems we face, from the climate crisis to air pollution and deforestation. But each day should be Earth day, and we should always keep in mind what footprint we want to leave behind us :)