Tomorrow is Earth Day. First celebrated in 1970, it now seems more relevant than ever to have a day dedicated to demonstrating support for environmental protection. Since 1970 our planet’s population has more than doubled (yikes), this naturally has seriously taken a toll on Earth and its inhabitants.
If we knew how many species we’ve already eradicated, we might be more motivated to protect those that still survive. – Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
How can you celebrate and do your bit for our home planet?
1. Educate yourself
Watch my favourite programme out at the moment… and no I’m not on about Game of Thrones, although the wall coming down is very similar to the polar icecaps melting. I’m on about ‘Our Planet‘, David Attenborough’s latest docuseries over on Netflix. Filled with spectacular scenes of nature that are both inspiring and terrifying. Our Planet shows in grave detail the effects climate change and population density are having on our jungles, seas, forests, deserts and frozen landscapes.
2. Go outside
Head out and enjoy nature. Sit in the garden, go for a walk, a bike ride or head to the beach. Take some time out to appreciate the planet that we live on and remember why we need to all pull together to make sure it has a positive future.
3. Make small changes to combat climate change
There are many big life choices you can make that will impact your personal contribution to climate change. For example, having one less child has a saving of 58.6 tonnes of CO2 per year or living car free which has a saving of 2.40 tonnes per year. However making small changes, if done by many people, can also have a great impact.
Here’s a few ideas of some small changes you can make:
- Walk, cycle or use public transport
- Buy green energy or offset your carbon
- Eat a plant-based diet or less meat
- Wash clothes in cold water and air dry them
- Recycle and buy second-hand
- Upgrade light bulbs and switch stuff off when not using them
4. Spend wisely
Spending wisely is to not spend at all. But if you do need to buy, spend your hard earned cash with companies doing their bit to save the planet and avoid companies who are destroying the earth.
- Shop local, seasonal and second-hand products
- Look out for assurance labels such as Organic, FSC and MSC
- Do your research, check out the company’s website before buying from them to see if they use renewable energy and have good waste initiatives
- Try and avoid products with palm oil in them (easier said than done), check out my guide on palm oil here for more advice
5. Ask for change
Alongside Earth Day, Fashion Revolution Week starts tomorrow. Our clothes have a devastating environmental impact. The chemicals used to grow, dye, launder and treat our clothes end up polluting rivers. A huge amount of water is used to produce garments through growing cotton and the fashion industry accounts for around 8% of global climate impact.
People take part in Fashion Revolution Week by challenging brands to be transparent through asking ‘Who Made My Clothes?’
I’m not saying go all Extinction Rebellion on us, but our voices are powerful. Use it to ask companies and shops to make more eco-friendly choices. The more we ask, the more likely they will listen.
We can’t fix these problems overnight and sometimes, especially when you witness the environmental issues in action, it seems like mission impossible. But if Governments, big companies and mass amounts of people (including YOU) all come together positive change can happen.
Happy Earth Day!