Happy Earth Day!
Thursday, April 22, 2021
Happy Earth Day!
We only have one planet that we call home - so it's up to all of us to take care of it! Every year on April 22nd, we celebrate Earth Day - but why?
In 1970, Wisconsin senator, Gaylord Nelson, recruited activist Denis Hayes to organize teach-ins at college campuses because they were both incredibly worried about the state of the environment in our country. After promoting these events and picking up some press, Earth Day was created!
Did you know?
By 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish.
Scientists estimate that anywhere from 150-200 species of mammals, birds, insects, and plants become extinct every 24 hours.
The amount of CO2 in the atmosphere reached record levels in 2020 - the sharp increase is attributed to human activity.
Industrial animal agriculture is causing mass envrionmental degradation.
On April 22nd, 1970, when Earth Day was born, 20 million people gathered in the streets of America.
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What can you do help our planet?
There's many things you can do both in celebration of Earth Day and to go green a little more consistently.
Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling
Lessen the amount of products you throw out. Try to conserve natural resources and reduce space in landfills.
Get involved with local cleanups and other community green events.
Furthuring your knowledge not only helps you, but also helps others understand how important our environment and its preservation is.
When you use less water, you produce less wastewater that ends up in the ocean.
Research product ethics and try buying reusable shopping bags instead of using plastic.
Plant a Tree
There are so many benefits to having more trees - they help save energy, produce oxygen, clean the air, and combat climate change.
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What else can you do in your daily life to help our environment?
Try Going Vegan!
"Veganism is the 'single best way' to reduce our environemtnal impact"
"Let food be thy medicine" - Hippocrates
Avoiding meat and dairy could reduce your carbon footprint by nearly 3/4. There are many resources for starting your plant-based journey, but here's a couple:
14 Things You Need to Know Before Going Vegan