Earth Day: Join the fight, do what’s right.
Earth Day is a worldwide annual event which is celebrated on April 22 to show support and awareness for the importance of environmental protection.
Why it is important to raise awareness:
- Rainforests used to cover 14% of the land surface which right now is at 6%. Some experts estimate that the remaining 6% could be consumed in less than 40 years
- Experts are estimating that we are losing 137 plant, animal, and insect species every day.
- Annually, U.S factories release over 3 million tons of toxic chemicals into the land, air, and water.
- Average temperatures have climbed 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit since 1880
- The last 2 decades of the 20th century were the hottest in 400 years
- Average temperatures in Alaska, western Canada, and Eastern Russia have risen at twice the global average
- Artic ice is rapidly disappearing and experts estimate it may have its first “ice free summer” by 2040.
- Montana’s Glacier National Park now only have 27 of its 150 glaciers which were counted in 1910
What you can do:
- Use cleaner transport such as walking, biking, or public transit
- Do not like your car idle
- Keep your thermostat relatively low in the winter and ease up on the air conditioner in the summer
- Unplug electronics when not in use
- Air dry your clothes if possible
- Choose green electricity or energy efficient appliances
- Eat local organic food
- Take shorter showers
- Run the washing machine and dishwasher only when it is full
- Recycle all paper, glass, aluminium, and plastic
- Don’t litter
“Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.” —Theodore Roosevelt