What is Earth Day?
Earth Day is a day of observation that was started in 1970 as a way of pointing out the lack of accountability people had for their abuses of the environment. It was a direct response to the increase in the number of cars on the road and the rising level of pollution. It is held April 22 every year, no matter what day of the week that happens to fall on.
Each year, Earth Day organizers choose a theme to focus on which makes it easier for people to get involved. In 2018, the focus of Earth Day is on the rising amount of plastic waste being dumped into the oceans. The goal is to encourage you to recycle that plastic water bottle instead of throwing it in the garbage.
United States Senator Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day. His objective was to force the American government to more actively address environmental issues. The 22 million participants in that first Earth Day helped the Senator to make his point. The success of that first Earth Day lead to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Earth Day Focus for 2018: Plastics
The focus of Earth Day 2018 is to change the world’s thinking about single-use plastic products. The aim is to encourage people to reduce the use of plastic products (beverage bottles, plastic bags, product packaging etc.) and to promote plastic recycling. The 2018 campaign reminds us that we are all contributing to the pollution of the planet when we use plastics unwisely.
What You Can Do On Earth Day?
Over one billion people around the world celebrate Earth Day and do their part to help bring attention to the planet’s environmental problems. You do not need to go out of your way to do your part for Earth Day, nor do you have to leave your home. Every year, this day makes more people aware of just how important it is to pay close attention to how humans treat the environment.
Watch the following video to understand why Earth Day is so important and the challenges the planet faces. These are problems we, the human race, has created and they are problems we must solve.
Earth Day is filled with large gatherings and celebrations all over the world, but it is also a day where every individual can make a difference. Something as simple as making sure the air pressure in your tires is correct to cut down on fuel consumption or remembering to turn off a light when you leave a room can make a difference. Read our Earth Day tips for 100+ more ideas.
Earth Day Quiz: Carbon Footprint
Test your knowledge of ways to conserve the Earth’s resources:
Which food has the largest carbon footprint?
The environmental impact of meat production is much higher than the footprint for growing vegetables, fruit and grains. Meat has a high demand of water, fossil fuel and land consumption. It has also a negative impact on aquatic ecosystems and has a high rate of greenhouse gas emission. For example the amount of CO2 produced by one kilo of lamb is 39.2, chicken 6.9, rice 2.7, vegetables 2.0, fruit 1.1 and lentils 0.9.
The overall purpose of Earth Day is to improve the environment. This is an activity where everyone can participate. Read the following tips for over 100 specific actions you can take to help the Earth: