You may have seen businesses, charities and individuals posting about Earth Day this month. Every April, there is a lot of buzz around this special awareness day, but you may not know where it came from or what it even is. This blog post is written to explain to you what Earth Day is, how you can celebrate and support it and what businesses can do to raise awareness for the environment.
So, what is Earth Day?
Earth Day is a global movement which started back in 1970. Its mission is to educate and influence the environmental movement worldwide, and it helps to spread awareness around environmental destruction to drive positive action for change for the planet.
Earth Day is celebrated on the 22nd April every year. People all around the globe participate in raising awareness or by getting involved in action to help promote the preservation of planet Earth. There are a wide range of events which happen on Earth Day and in the lead up, to encourage people in more than 193 countries, to support environmental protection.
Last year, Earth Day celebrated its 50th anniversary with what is referred to as the largest online mass mobilization in history. As marches, gatherings and events were cancelled due to the COVID pandemic, celebrations moved online, which is to be mirrored this year.
The theme for Earth Day 2021 is Restore Our Earth and will be celebrated with live-streamed events featuring global activists and speakers.
The History of Earth Day
Earth Day marks the anniversary of the modern environmental movement, born in 1970. It initially was a tool to give a voice to the public and their rising awareness of climate change and the state of the planet.
Historical events are significant in understanding why Earth Day was created. In the lead up to the very first Earth Day, air pollution became more and more prominent and the public were starting to become concerned about how this was impacting the planet and how pollution affects human health.
In 1962, Rachel Carson published the book Silent Spring, which helped to raise public awareness surrounding the links between pollution and human health. Following a huge oil spill in California in 1969, Senator Gaylord Nelson decided to use inspiration from the anti-war student protests at the time and apply the same concept to protests against air and water pollution. Thus, Earth Day was created, which then went global in 1990 before becoming the global movement celebrated by millions around the globe which we know today.
Why do we celebrate Earth Day?
We celebrate Earth Day as a conscious reminder as to how fragile our planet is. In the last few years, environmental awareness has only increased, but sadly, so has the damaging effects being felt by our natural world. Earth Day is a positive movement to encourage people to move toward change, it inspires younger generations and most importantly, it is proof that one person can make a positive global impact.
Top 5 ways we can support climate action
1. Share some valuable online resources
Online activism has definitely grown in popularity. It costs nothing and is a simple way to spread awareness on a topic you feel passionate about. This Earth Day, why not share some of your favourite sustainable bloggers, some infographics created by environmental charities or by signing some petitions to encourage cleaner habits and to promote action. Share these with your friends too, you never know – you might just contribute to the next environmental change!
2. Watch Earth Day Live
Join in with the discussion and watch the online events for Earth Day Live 2021. This year, beginning on the 20th April, there will be three days of climate action, consisting of speeches and discussions from world climate leaders, grassroots activists, artists, musicians and more. Head to earthday.org for more information on how you can participate in the three-day event.
3. Donate to charities that are supporting environmental justice
By donating, supporting or fundraising for charities who support Earth Day and environmental justice, you can help make a difference to issues concerning biodiversity loss, deforestation and conservation. Charities which you can choose to support are:
- Conservation International which aims to prevent irreversible harm to Earth’s life support systems
- Earth Day Network which helps to support the global movement with tree planting, which not only helps the environment but it also empowers farmers to end poverty for their families by providing sustainable farming techniques
- World Wildlife Fund which helps to tackle climate change through sharing knowledge, advocating for change and putting pressure on governments to change policy and legislation to help protect our planet
These are some great places to start, but there are so many more fantastic environmental charities which you can support.
4. Go litter picking!
Litter picking can be a fun and easy way to care for the environment around you. You can join an organised litter pick, which are currently operating to the rule of six, you can purchase your own litter pick equipment or you can loan some. In Lincoln we are very lucky to have the wonderful CLEAN, who loan litter pick equipment for free. It can be great fun when picking up litter and is so satisfying when you see your area thrive again once you’ve got rid of all the rubbish.
5. Support businesses that work for environment justice.
There are many great businesses and brands out there that try to find sustainable solutions for every day life. Supporting these businesses helps them continue the valuable work they are already doing and gives them the support they may need to grow. Simple ways which I find are easy to do to help support sustainable businesses, is by shopping at your local market and buying seasonal produce. I also like to shop at my local zero waste shop, and refill all my basics such as flour, sugar and spices.
Everything we own and buy has an environmental price and sometimes it can be quite daunting as to where to start. There are some fabulous sustainability focused businesses out there, such as HUBBUB and Growfish.co, both who share valuable information and advice on their social media platforms as to what you can do to reduce your environmental footprint and offer innovative value driven services.
If you are starting up your own business with the aim to be as environmentally friendly as possible, Growfish.co can really help you to achieve this. They provide bespoke digital marketing solutions offering cleaner, greener branding and web design with a minimal carbon footprint and can help with your business’ SEO, copywriting, email and social media management.
How will you be getting involved with Earth Day this year? I’m planning to support my local sustainable businesses and by sharing some valuable resources on my socials!
Until next time,
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