Celebrating Earth Day 2019
What Is Earth Day
The first Earth Day was on April 22, 1970 and it is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. Their mission is to continue to diversify, educate and activate this movement worldwide.
So far, Earth Day Network has 75,000 partners in nearly 192 countries all working to build environmental democracy. It is estimated that more than 1 billion people participate in Earth Day activities each year, which makes it the largest civic observance in the world.
Earth Day 2019
Every year, Earth Day Network promotes a different theme. This year the theme is “Protect Our Species.” The goal of this year’s campaign is to educate on the import role each and every species plays on our planet and what we can do to save them.
Unfortunately, Earth is experiencing a high rate of extinction for both plant and animal species. There are also more and more species becoming endangered, including bees, sea turtles, whales, coral reefs, elephants, giraffes, and more. The good news is if we all work together, the rate of extinctions can be slowed and many of our threatened and endangered species can recover.
What You Can Do To Participate
Wondering how you can participate in Earth Day this year? Here are some suggestions!
Evaluate Your Habits
Now is the perfect time to re-evaluate your daily habits. There are many ways you can improve your habits and reduce your carbon foot print!
Ask yourself these questions: Do I recycle? Do I walk or ride a bike instead of driving whenever possible? Are my home appliances energy efficient? Do I turn lights off and unplug cables when I am not using them? Do I shop local as much as possible?
If the answer to any of these questions is no, then you know where you can improve!
Your community is a great place to start when you are looking for ways to help the environment. Check your surrounding areas and see if there are any clean up efforts or events, gardening clubs, or eco-friendly non-profits you can join or volunteer for. Every little bit counts!
Go Outside and Enjoy Nature
The best way to celebrate Earth Day is to appreciate the natural world around you. Go camping, kayaking, paddle boarding, hiking, bird watching, etc. Anything that gets you outside! Be sure to brush up on your “Leave No Trace” guidelines so you are protecting nature while enjoying it.
Earth Day Network
Earth Day Network is your best resource when it comes to helping the environment. You can sign up for their newsletter and stay updated on new ways to get involved. You can also donate to the cause through their website. In addition, Earth Day Network has a library full of resources you can use to educate yourself and others about Earth Day efforts.
For more information, visit Earth Day Network!