15 Apr Why Earth Day is More Relevant Than Ever
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. Earth Day has now become one of the most widely celebrated environmental events across the globe.
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.
Every sustainability effort you do is essential because the Earth needs our help in order to ensure that it is still here for future generations to come. No matter how big or small, each environmentally forward task impacts our planet. Below are some facts and statistics that show why Earth Day should matter to everyone, all year long and not just on April 22:
- Rainforests once covered 14% of the Earth’s land surface; now it’s only 6%. Experts estimate that the last remaining rainforest could be consumed in less than 40 years.
- A truckload of plastic is dumped into the ocean every minute
- 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.
- Over 75 percent of waste is recyclable, but we only recycle about 30 percent of it.
Our earth depends on us to make a difference. Not just on one day or one month, but every day. It is important to stand up for the Earth and make a difference with your sustainability efforts. For the week leading up to Earth Day, Lakeshore will be posting ways that you can do your part to help the planet on our social media accounts with the hashtags #StandUpForSustainability #EarthDayNOW and #LRSdifference. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to learn how you can help the planet.