30 Mar Why Earth Day Matters
Earth Day was founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson on April 22, 1970 and is celebrated on April 22 of each year. Approximately 20 million people participated in the first Earth Day by gathering in the streets of the United States to protest the industrial revolution. As a result, an environmental movement was born.
In 1990, Earth Day was officially recognized worldwide and about 200 million people in 141 countries participated in the inaugural event, according to the
Earth Day Network (EDN). Today, the EDN concurred, more than 1 billion people across the globe participate in Earth Day activities.
Every year, Lakeshore celebrates Earth Day for the entire month of April because caring about the sustainability of the earth is important and should be done year-round. Lakeshore makes sure to provide environmentally responsible waste and recycling solutions to customers in order to do our part to help the earth. Below is a list of past Earth Day initiatives countries all around the world have done:
- On Earth Day 2012, more than 100,000 people rode bikes in China to reduce CO2 emissions and save fuel.
- In an Earth Day celebration in 2011, 28 million trees were planted in Afghanistan by the Earth Day Network.
- In Panama, 100 endangered species of orchids were planted and maintained to prevent their extinction in honor of Earth Day.
- On Earth Day 2016, the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon asked world leaders to sign the Paris Climate Agreement aimed at keeping planet warming below 2 degrees Celsius (3.5 degrees Fahrenheit), which President Obama signed.
These initiatives and any efforts people do matter because the Earth needs our help in order to ensure that it is still here for future generations to come. Any sustainability efforts that you do makes a difference, no matter how big or small. Below are some facts and statistics that show why Earth Day should matter to everyone, all year long and not just on April 22:
- Half the world’s tropical and temperate forests are now gone.
- More than 2 million people globally die prematurely every year due to outdoor and indoor air pollution.
- One million sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed annually from plastic in our oceans.
- The Global Footprint Network has calculated that it would take 1.5 Earths to support how much of its resources we consume every year.
- According to scientists, the world must hit a net of zero greenhouse gas emissions well before 2040, otherwise, global warming will spiral out of control.
This year throughout the month of April, Lakeshore is giving away three $100 visa gift cards to community members who email own ways of going above and beyond for Earth Day 2018 to EarthDay@LRSrecycles.com. You can also enter the contest by telling us on social media your unique ideas by using our hashtag #EarthDayNOW during the month of April. Each week on Thursday, starting the second week of April, a winner will be announced on social media for #ThoughtfulThursday.
Our earth depends on us to make a difference. Not just on one day or one month, but every day. This is why we ask you to live every day like it is Earth Day. Earth Day is not just April 22 but it is #EarthDayNOW.