If you are looking for Earth Day tips for 2019, you’re in the right place. While you’re here, test your Earth IQ with our Earth Day quiz. We’ve also created an Amazon Alexa app that will give you tips about how you can help the Earth in significant ways.
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.
— Rachel Carson, 1962
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).
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 was on the rising amount of plastic waste being dumped into the oceans. The goal was to encourage you to recycle that plastic water bottle instead of throwing it in the garbage.
Earth Day Focus for 2019: Protect our Species
The focus of Earth Day 2019 is protecting our species: bees, coral reefs, elephants, giraffes, insects, whales and more. The aim is to educate people about the extinction of millions of species and the causes and effects of it. The 2019 campaign also wants to achieve policy goals to protect large groups of species as well as individual species and their habitats. This can be achieved by building a global movement that nurtures nature. Through encouraging individual actions like moving towards a plant based diet and limiting pesticide and herbicide use, we can achieve this goal.
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.
What transportation method has the smallest carbon footprint?
In general planes have the most environmental impact, but driving alone over a long distance in a big car could be as bad as traveling by air. Traveling with three people in a car could have a very low impact as low as by train. The least impact and the most beneficial for your health riding your bike.
What is the most eco-friendly way to wash dishes?
It may feel ‘greener’ to do the dishes by hand, but it's actually more wasteful. You use up to 27 gallons of water per load by hand versus as little as 3 gallons with an ENERGY STAR-rated dishwasher. Just scrape off the food scraps instead of rinsing each dish before you load it.
What reduces your carbon footprint the most?
While several of these actions are a great idea, replacing inefficient incandescent light bulbs with efficient CFLs or LEDs lowers your carbon footprint by 450 lbs a year, recycling paper, plastic and glass with 1200 lbs, eating vegan with 1800 lbs and move your heater thermostat down two degrees in winter and up two degrees in the summer with 2,000 lbs.
What heating system has the smallest carbon footprint?
Heat pumps, in combination with a power grid that is 100% powered with renewable energy may one day provide a 100% free CO2 emission system.
Which light bulbs are the least efficient?
Both CFL light bulbs and LED light bulbs offer enormous energy savings. LED bulbs offer the most savings overall using less energy and lasting longer at 60,000 hours, however a greater initial investment is required.
Which action doesn’t save on your car's carbon footprint?
Keep your tires properly inflated and get better gas mileage. Reduce your carbon footprint 20 pounds for each gallon of gas saved. Save gas by driving sensibly (aggressive driving lowers gas mileage by 33%) and maintain a steady speed via cruise control.
What won’t save water?
A full bath can take up to 70 gallons to fill, while a 5-minute shower uses just 10-25 gallons.
Which of the following actions doesn’t save energy?
Don't stream videos through your game console - Video game consoles such as the Xbox and PlayStation can suck 25 to 50 times more power to stream a movie from the Internet compared to a dedicated device such as Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, or a Google Chromecast stick.
What doesn’t lower your carbon footprint while staying in a hotel?
Avoid using the hotel laundry, as they typically wash each guest’s clothes separately, even if there are only a few items.
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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: