Every April 22nd, close to 200 countries celebrate Earth Day – a movement that consists of advocating for both environmental and policy change on a global scale.
The reason we celebrate Earth Day is because Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin was disturbed that an issue as important as our environment was not addressed in politics or by the media, so in 1970 he created the first Earth Day holiday.
By the end of 1970, Earth Day had inspired the creation of the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Act as well as the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Earth Day started in the US, led by passionate Americans, they advocated for a healthy but sustainable environment by fighting against polluting factories and power plants, oil spills, toxic dumps, raw sewage, freeways, pesticides and the loss of wilderness and extinction of wildlife.
Fast forward over 55 years later, in today’s climate Earth Day is celebrated at a global scale and focuses on our current issues such as clean energy, plastic pollution in water sources and global warming.
— Earth Day Network (@EarthDayNetwork) 22 April 2018
Here are 6 ways you can celebrate Earth Day every day so you don’t wait until every April 22nd.
1. Be aware of the single use plastic you use day to day
Lucy Boutwood from Plastic Free Whitstable said:
“Try to reduce, and be aware of anything plastic that you only use once. These are plastic bottles, takeaway coffee cups and food containers, plastic straws and stirrers, carrier bags, plastic cutlery, cotton buds and balloons.”
2. Use reusable bags, jars and a refillable water bottle
Cheryl-Anne manages No Harm No Waste Blog said:
“Plastic bags and plastic bottles cause the biggest strain on our environment, yet placing them in our day to day lives are the quickest and easiest change to make.”
3. Reduce packaging by combining several products in one
‘The zero waste backpacker’ reccomends:
“Coconut oil can condition your hair, moisturise your body, remove make-up and it can be stored in a reusable container.”
4. Buy less
Kathryn from Going zero waste blog recommends:
“Buying less is the number one thing you can do to produce less trash.”
“Before buying anything make sure you truly need it. I always ask myself a series of questions
- Do you really need it?
- Is it really necessary?
- Can something else make do?
- Do you need to own it?”
5. Reduce your carbon footprint
The Huffington Post reported:
“The single most effective action you can take to combat climate change is to stop eating meat. Greenhouse gas emissions from agribusiness are an even bigger problem than fossil fuels.”