Earth Day is right around the corner - on April 22nd, it will mark more than half a century since the national day was established back in 1970. It was first created as a call of action to get people more motivated to take care of our planet, fight pollution, preserve the biosphere, invest in renewable energy, and many other things to help keep our earth sustainable. Here's how you can get involved this year...
The 2022 theme is "Invest in Our Planet," which becomes more prominent each year. Humanity's carbon emissions are still going up, and the Earth is continuously at risk since we as humans living on this planet don't take the necessary steps needed to save our environment. Based on the April report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) the time to do something is "now or never." Now is more of a crucial time to take a step towards change than ever, since as time goes on humanity goes into a deeper hole of climate and ecological debt.
"We need to act (boldly), innovate (broadly), and implement (equitably). It's going to take all of us. All in. Businesses, governments, and citizens — everyone accounted for and everyone accountable. A partnership for the planet," the Earth Day website explained. Luckily, to commemorate Earth Day, many activities will be taking place worldwide, so we can all do our part. There will be Site cleanups, festivals, conservation events, teach-ins, film screenings, webinars, and more for people to attend. But if that doesn't sound like something up your alley, there are other things anyone can do at home to help our home a little more than usual. According to EarthDay.org some ideas include, "Research new plant-based recipes or recreate your favorite family recipes with plant-based alternatives." Or "Conduct a plastic audit in your home. Count how many plastic containers, wraps, bottles, and bags you purchase for your kitchen and bathroom." It may not seem like it, but every little thing makes a difference.
"Use these ideas to inspire meaningful actions to show your support for people and the planet. Turn these actions into habits and civic action that last beyond Earth Day!" it says on the website. Check out the site for more innovative ideas. Happy Earth Day!