Earth is home to over 7 billion people. It gives us the food we eat, the water we drink, and the air we breathe. So, it makes sense that we want to protect it right?
Every year on April 22nd we celebrate Earth Day to educate and strengthen environmental awareness around the globe. We only have one planet and it is our collective responsibly to keep it healthy now and in the future. This year’s Earth Day Theme promotes ‘Environmental and Climate Literacy’ in efforts to start a global dialogue on sustainability.
Education is the Foundation of Progress
In order to be passionate about enacting change, we have to understand why change is important in the first place. Did you know that the World Health Organisation estimates that 12.6 million people die every year from living in a polluted environment? That is nearly 1 in 4 deaths globally. Or did you know that green house gas emissions are 50% higher than in 1990, and that this is linked to increases in extreme weather patterns such as hurricanes, droughts, floods? Increasing environmental literacy and understanding is the most fundamental way to grow interest and inspire action. Here is how you can join the grassroots campaign to raise awareness and promote the environmental agenda.
1. Educate yourself
In honour of this year’s Earth Day theme, make an effort to educate yourself on the causes and impacts of our changing planet. Check out UN Sustainable Development Goal 13: Climate Action to learn vital facts, or watch National Geographic’s compelling new documentary ‘Before the Flood’ featuring Leonardo DiCaprio.
2. Join the dialogue
According to NASA, 97% of climate scientists agree that trends of global warming are real and a result of human activity. The Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change argues that ‘Warming of the climate system is unequivocal….evident from observations of increases in global average air and ocean temperatures, widespread melting of snow and ice and rising global average sea level.’ There is no place for climate change sceptics in the 21st century. Join the dialogue and take a stand.
3. Take responsibility for your actions
You are not a drop in the bucket. Your individual actions and choices have a real impact. Make an effort to reduce your personal impact on the environment, and support companies that share your values. This form of grassroots activism advocates collective responsibility, increases the normalcy of environmental concern, and encourages businesses to adopt greener practices. It starts with all of us.