Every month here at Wildwood & Sage I feature a different cause, or organization that makes the world a better place. My goal is to highlight the various ways you, dear readers & Wildthings, can get involved and make the world a kinder, greener, and more fair place for all it’s inhabitants. View previous causes of the month and other activism opportunities here.
April is home to some of the greenest holidays around, that’s why this month I’m featuring Earth Day as this month’s cause of the month! Mark your calendars for April 22nd for Earth Day, but take a moment to finish reading and learn more about the history of this holiday, why it matters, and how you can easily make Earth Day, every day!
The History of Earth Day
The first Earth Day took place on April 22nd, 1970. While Earth Day is currently celebrated around the world, in 1970 it took place on college campuses, primary and secondary schools around the United States. The most notable events took place in New York city, participants there shut down 5th Avenue and were able to gather in Central Park. It was estimated that anywhere from 20,000 to 100,000 people participated in New York City alone that day. It was also covered by national news outlets.
Earth Day has served as a catalyst for environmental change. It’s credited with helping create the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts. Additionally it has brought an emphasis on recycling and other ways every day people can create environmental change in their own lives, as well as international efforts such as the United Nations Earth Summit in 1992.
Earth Day Today
Today Earth Day spans 196 countries and works with over 50,000 partners to mobilize individuals, groups and governments to tackle issues to create a healthy, sustainable environment, and address climate change. As always, Earth Day this year will fall on April 22nd. This year it will also be sharing that date with the March For Science. The March for Science aims to promote the work that scientists do and fight anti-science sentiment, including climate change denial.
How You Can Get Involved
There are many ways you can get involved in Earth Day. The best thing is you don’t have to wait until Earth Day to get started! Check out some ideas I have that you can use to bring more sustainability into your life right now! You can also join a Billion Acts of Green, because together our small acts add up to something amazing! You can also find events near you that you can participate in, or if there’s not one near you, create your own and register it here!
Why It Matters
97% of scientists agree climate change is real, and it’s happening right now. People are already feeling it’s impacts from more severe weather, to earlier spring, to rising water levels. It’s already happening. This past year was the warmest year on record…AGAIN! As a person who lives on the Earth, what happens to it matters to you. Everyone will feel the impacts of a changing climate, and the only way we can stop it or mitigate it is to all work together. We do not need the government to do anything to make a change. You can make changes in your daily life that not only save you money, but reduce waste, and increase your sustainability.
If everyone does even the smallest things, like recycling, like using less electricity, or buying fuel efficient vehicles then it adds up to a big change. If we band together as consumers, and demand that retailers and food suppliers provide ecologically mindful and sustainable products, they will listen. Consumers wield tremendous power, and you can use that power for good! Every dollar you spend on sustainable products goes to support those sustainable retailers to encourage, and allow them to make more sustainable products.
Your actions matter.
Your voice matters.
So this year on Earth Day, take action. March! Recycle! Reuse! And Reduce your waste.