17 Apr Why You Should Participate in Earth Day
Every year on April 22, people all around the world celebrate Earth Day. In 1970, the first Earth Day took place in the streets of the United States to protest the negative impacts of 150 years of industrial developments. Today, people celebrate Earth Day to raise awareness of activities we can all do to help benefit the world. Below are a few reasons why you should participate in Earth Day:
- Rainforests once covered 14% of the earth’s land surface; now it’s only 6% and experts estimate that the last remaining rainforests could be consumed in less than 40 years.
- Experts estimate we are losing 137 plant, animal and insect species every single day.
- Every year, U.S. factories release over 3 million tons of toxic chemicals into the land, air and water.
- According to NASA, the polar ice caps are melting at an alarming rate of 9% per decade. The thickness of the Arctic Ice has decreased by 40% since the 1960s.
- Human activity has led to 0.8 degree increase in the average global temperature and 16 of the 17 warmest years ever recorded has happened since 2001.
There is still time for humans to be sustainable and help the Earth. That is why Earth Day is so important. We should all be living every day as if it is Earth Day and making sure we are doing what is best for the Earth. We only have one Earth and we should do everything we can to protect it. There is still time to change our habits and improve our planet. Even the smallest of changes makes a difference.
Lakeshore strives to do our part by not only providing environmentally responsible waste and recycling solutions to our customers but also always looking for innovative and sustainable ways to improve the waste industry and the Earth. For the entire month of April, Lakeshore is having a contest for Earth Day. Every Thursday in April is #ThoughtfulThursday. One winner will be announced every Thursday in April and will receive a $100 Visa gift card. To enter in the contest, email EarthDay@LRSrecycles.com or use #EarthDayNOW on social media and tell Lakeshore what unique and environmentally friendly activity you plan on doing more of this Earth Day, along with a picture of you doing the activity you mentioned. Sharing and doing these sustainable efforts is what makes Earth Day so special and is a great way to do your part to help our planet.