50 Years Of Global Conservation
Earth Day has been celebrated annually since 1970. On the eve of its 50th anniversary, humanity faces the most challenging global crisis since WWII – the coronavirus pandemic. However, this has not put a damper on celebrations, as Earth Day organisers have promised to do more than ever before to promote environmental conservation and rapid climate action. While Earth Day may be celebrated slightly differently this year, with over half of the world’s population under lockdown, it is nevertheless a pertinent reminder that in order for our existence on Earth to continue, things must change.
Climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world habitable. In fact, many scientists have suggested that the COVID-19 virus may be correlated directly to the adverse effects of deforestation and habitat change. That is why this Earth Day, the issue of climate change will take precedence. We are undoubtedly faced with an enormous challenge to eradicate the damage done so far, but this is also an opportunity to band together to make a difference. And, if the coronavirus has taught us anything over the last few months, it’s that when humanity comes together to fight a common cause, we can prosper.
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#EarthDay2020 is being marked by two crises One is the #COVID-19 pandemic. The other is a slowly building disaster for our #climate. We can, will and must solve both challenges. The world was not prepared for the novel #coronavirus. But we still have time to prepare — in every part of the world — for the #climatecrisis. This pandemic will not silence our voices. Instead, it reminds us of what’s at stake for the #planet. And although it is keeping us apart, it is also bringing us together to take on the fight for our common home. Will you join us? 🖌: @favianna1
Do Your Part
Earth Day is most commonly celebrated with climate strikes, tree plantings and other outdoor activities. So, how can you play your part from under lockdown? Here are a few suggestions:
Get Onto Social Media
One of the simplest ways to contribute to Earth Day is by letting other people know about it! Hop onto your social media platforms on 22 April and spread the word. Use the hashtags #EarthDay or #EarthDay50 to join the global conversation.
Give A Little Love To Your Garden
Just because autumn has reared its head, doesn’t mean that you should neglect your garden. Get outside for a good dose of vitamin D and some dirt under your nails. If you can, plant a few water-saving species to help reduce wastage during times of drought.
Recycle, Recycle, Recycle
If you aren’t already separating your plastics from your tins, cardboard and glass, Earth Day is the perfect time to start. Since you are under lockdown, rope in the whole family to help you become more conscious of your carbon footprint. Recycling projects are a great way to pass the time while stuck at home, so get busy!
Earth Challenge 2020
Want to get your community involved in tackling climate change? Join the Earth Challenge 2020. All you have to do is download the app to start collecting data about the levels of air and plastic pollution in your community. The app comes with fun activities you can do from home during lockdown and will help you plan community clean up initiatives once this period is over. Download the app here.
Cook A Plant-Based Meal
We are all seemingly becoming amateur masterchefs while under lockdown. Use your new set of culinary skills to whip up a tasty, wholesome plant-based meal for the family on Earth Day. It doesn’t matter whether its savoury or sweet, the point of this activity is to become more conscious about what you eat. Share your recipe or pictures of your final foodie masterpiece with family and friends to encourage them to get on board the plant-based train, too.
If you have the means to donate to the Earth Day Network, please do so. Even the smallest contribution can go a long way towards making an impact.
Join Earth Day Online
For the first time in its 50 years, Earth Day will be going digital, as thousands of pre-planned events have had to be cancelled due to COVID-19 regulations worldwide. Nevertheless, Earth Day warriors will be demanding climate action at the highest levels of governments from their own homes. There will be a number of digital events to join, being hosted from around the world, so don’t miss out!
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Social distancing doesn’t have to mean collective disengagement. 🌍🌎🌏 On April 22nd, the 50th anniversary of #EarthDay, we are coming together to bring you 24 hours focused on #climateaction. On #EarthDay2020 we’ll reimagine what activism looks like in the digital era. Tune in to watch, discuss and participate in a livestream featuring stories, performances and opportunities for digital collective action. Are you ready for #EarthDayLive?
For More Information
Visit the Earth Day website for more information about how you can get in on the world-saving initiative from under lockdown. You can also follow them on social media to join the online conversation:
How will you be celebrating Earth Day from home? Let us know about your plans in the comments below!