For over 52 years, Earth Day events have been held globally to raise awareness and demonstrate support for environmental protection. First held on April 22, 1970, the day has evolved and now includes a variety of events for over 1 billion individuals in 193 countries.

 The primary purpose of Earth Day is to protect the planet and raise awareness about pollution, deforestation, and many other environmental topics. As EarthDay.Org states, “A green future is a prosperous future”. By taking part in Earth Day activities, such as picking up trash or planting trees, each act is helping to make our world a healthier, happier place.

 It is now more important than ever, that individuals take part in Earth Day activities. As climate change and the effects of human-caused global warming continue to happen, it is causing irreversible damage and will continue for decades if not stopped. By starting to take small actions, such as participating in Earth Day, individuals can help save our planet.

Earth Day 2022

On Friday, April 22nd, billions of people will take part in a variety of activities to “Invest in Our Planet”, the 2022 Earth Day theme. This year, events are focused around combatting global warming by ensuring everyone participates. To save the planet, governments, citizens, and businesses will need to come together to do their part. As EarthDay.Org states, “Everyone accounted for, and everyone accountable”.

 

The goal of this year’s campaign is to push past old traditions, such as dirty fossil fuels and old technologies, and begin to bring attention to the 21st-century economy. This new century will bring back the health of our world, protect species, and provide a happier place to live. EarthDAy.Org’s hope is that this campaign will reframe the “environmental conversation” by bringing us all together to understand that we need to work together.

Three Actions You Can Take To Make A Difference

Start your journey of helping our planet by participating in Earth Day. Then, continue the conversation and take everyday actions that will make a difference. Some of these can include calculating your carbon footprint, composting, and supporting organic ingredients. For a list of more actions, visit Earth Day Tips.

Calculate Your Carbon Footprint

 

One way to help save the planet is to calculate your carbon footprint and take action to reduce that footprint. A carbon footprint is the total amount of carbon emissions that are caused by an individual. Many may be surprised to learn that their carbon footprint is higher than they think. When calculating the footprint, begin by brainstorming all the emissions you generate, such as electricity, gas from your car, or the airplane you traveled in. Here is a CarbonFootprint Calculator that may be useful to use.

 

The next step would be to reduce this footprint by partaking in activities that release fewer emissions. For example, one may ride their bike to work instead of driving in a car. This helps to reduce the number of emissions released into the atmosphere. Reducing your carbon footprint helps to ensure cleaner air for generations to come.

Compost

Another way to start your environmental journey is to compost. This is the process of recycling organic matter, such as food scraps and turning it into valuable fertilizer.  Simply start by selecting a portion of bare soil in your garden, lay down twigs or straw, add compost material, and keep it moist. Composting helps to save water and benefits the environment by conserving landfill space and recycling organic resources.

Support Organic Ingredients

When possible, practice supporting organic ingredients provided by local farmers. Regenerative farming offers an opportunity for farmers to be transformed into environmental heroes. You can help by shopping at local organic markets, thus limiting the distribution channels and chemicals on your produce. This is because local food does not have to travel as far to arrive at your dinner table. This helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions and benefits the local economy.

Conclusion

Billions of people will take part in a variety of activities to “Invest in Our Planet” on Friday, April 22nd. This year, events are focused around combatting global warming by ensuring everyone participates. As EarthDay.Org states, “Everyone accounted for, and everyone accountable”.

 

The purpose of Earth Day is to protect the planet and raise awareness about pollution, deforestation, and many other environmental topics. The goal of this year’s campaign is to bring attention to the 21st-century economy. This new century will bring back the health of our world, protect species, and provide a happier place to live. By taking part in Earth Day activities, such as picking up trash or planting trees, each act is helping to make our world a healthier, happier place.

 

You can start your journey by participating in Earth Day and taking everyday actions that will make a difference. You can calculate your carbon footprint and make a plan to reduce it, thus reducing the carbon emissions in the atmosphere. Additionally, you can start to compost which helps to save water and benefits the environment by conserving landfill space. You could support organic ingredients by shopping at a local market, thus reducing greenhouse gas emissions and benefiting the local economy. These are just a few examples, for a list of more actions, visit Earth Day Tips.

 

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5 Ways to Compost During the Coronavirus Pandemic. (2020, April 2). Earth Day. Retrieved from https://www.earthday.org/compost-vs-coronavirus-5-ways-to-compost-during-a-pandemic/
Carbon Footprint Calculator. (n.d.). Carbonfootprint.com. https://www.carbonfootprint.com/calculator.aspx
Earth Day 2022 Action Toolkit. (n.d.). Earth Day. Retrieved from https://www.earthday.org/earth-day-2022-action-toolkit/
Earth Day Tips. (n.d.). Earth Day. Retrieved from https://www.earthday.org/earth-day-tips/
Regenerative Agriculture. (n.d.). Earth Day. Retrieved from https://www.earthday.org/campaign/regenerative-agriculture/
 
 

 

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