What is Earth Day and how can we celebrate it every day?

Celebrated on April 22nd is an annual happening that honors the achievements of the environmental movement and raises awareness of the need to protect Earth’s natural resources for future generations. It’s a day to remind ourselves that we should protect the environment, restore damaged ecosystems and live a more sustainable life. This year marks its 52nd anniversary.

The theme of this year is Invest in Our Planet. What does this mean?
We should ALL act together now. Businesses, governments, and citizens — everyone accounted for, and everyone accountable.

Now is the time for the unstoppable courage to preserve and protect our health, our families, our livelihoods… together, we must Invest In Our Planet.

A partnership for the planet.
Earth day is everyday for us and today we share with you some ideas that will allow you to make a difference, every day of the year.

1. Change your diet to fight climate change! Try participating in meatless Mondays! Check out some plant-based recipes.
If you can’t renounce to animal sourced foods, it’s important to at least try to reduce it.

2. Advocate for climate education. Education is key to combat climate crisis.

3. Enjoy spending time outside? Support the Great Global Cleanup and pick up trash while enjoying your morning walk!

4. Calculate your plastic consumption. Earthday.org has some charts that you can use to do your calculation.

5. Try a carbon foodprint calculator to find out exactly how your meals impact the planet.

Visit earthday.org to learn about 52 actions and tips that can make a difference every day of the year!

Now, let‘s deepdive on the history of Earth Day

🌍 The origins of Earth Day

According to EarthDay.org: “In the decades leading up to the first Earth Day, Americans were consuming vast amounts of leaded gas through massive and inefficient automobiles. Industry belched out smoke and sludge with little fear of the consequences from either the law or bad press. Air pollution was commonly accepted as the smell of prosperity. Until this point, mainstream America remained largely oblivious to environmental concerns and how a polluted environment threatens human health”

However, Americans started to become aware of the effects of pollution on the environment with Rachel Carson’s New York Times bestseller Silent Spring in 1962. Her influential book had as main argument that pesticides have detrimental effects on the environment. She raised public awareness and concern for living organisms, the environment and the inextricable links between pollution and public health.

🌍Who was behind the first Earth Day?
Senator Gaylord Nelson. He was determined to convince the federal government that the planet was at risk after witnessing the ravages of a massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. Inspired by the anti-Vietnam War “teach-ins” that were taking place on college campuses around the United States wanted to infuse the energy of student anti-war protests with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution.

Earth Day 1970 gave a voice to an emerging public consciousness about the state of our planet and put environmental concerns on the front page.

For more details on the history, visit earthday.org

Let’s create an impact all together. Remember that each action (even if it seems small) can make a difference.

Happy earth day! 🌎

Did you know?
April 22nd was chosen intentionally to appeal to college students who were known for being politically active during that era of protest.