At BGFG, we believe that every day should be Earth Day. But is there more we (and everyone else) can do to shine a spotlight on Earth Day?
Absolutely. Climate change and other environmental issues have wreaked havoc on our natural systems. And that means one thing: an unhealthy planet.
Every April, millions of people around the world take part in Earth Day. With the climate crises becoming more serious every year, Earth Day plays a much more significant role in highlighting the actions we need to take to save our planet.
Why Is Earth Day Important?
Earth Day is an annual event that was established in 1970 to bring people from around the world together to support the environment and discuss some of the most devastating environmental issues we are currently facing. More than one billion people in 192 countries now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.
World leaders meet to discuss issues such as climate and environmental literacy, climate restoration technologies, reforestation efforts, regenerative agriculture, and equity and environmental justice to highlight the urgency for stronger climate action.
Restore Our Earth
To keep global warming to 1.5°C we need to cut emissions by an estimated 45% by 2030. And the only way to do that is by implementing serious change on both the personal and policy level.
Almost two thirds of people around the world see climate change as a global emergency according to the largest opinion poll ever done on the issue by the United Nations Development Programme in conjunction with Oxford University. The survey shows that people were in favor of policy decisions around renewable power and sustainable jobs, and that conserving forests and land were the most popular solutions for tackling the issue.
"People are scared, they are seeing the the wildfires in Australia and California, they're seeing the category five storms and in the Caribbean, they are seeing flooding in in Southeast Asia," says Cassie Flynn, strategic adviser to the UNDP.
Can Earth Day Really Make A Difference?
Earth Day continues to be a momentous and unifying day every year, with a myriad of ways to participate, whether it be contributing to large-scale global initiatives, or taking smaller everyday steps toward a more environmentally conscious life.
Terra Pascarosa, U.S. Earth Day National Campaign Director, stated, “On Earth Day, and every day, there are many ways for individuals around the world to take action and make our shared home a more sustainable and healthy place to live. We do not have the luxury of time when it comes to combating climate change – we all need to act, and act quickly.”
So, how can you support the mission of Earth Day? Here are some impactful actions you can take:
- Advocate for governments to make climate change and climate literacy a core feature of school curriculum across the globe.
- Donate to The Canopy Project to save the trees! For every $1 that is donated, one tree is planted.
- Support the Great Global Cleanup and pick up trash while enjoying your outdoor activities.
- Save the butterflies and bees! Help contribute to meaningful scientific research on pollinator populations through the Global Earth Challenge mobile app.
- Calculate your personal plastic consumption, then use EARTHDAY.ORG’s tips to help break free from single-use plastics!
- Change your diet to fight climate change!
Restoring our earth shouldn't be a one-day event, it should be the path we pave for the future of our world and the generations to come. Small changes make a big difference. By making a conscious effort to live more sustainably, we can change things. At BGFG, we are proud to be part of this movement by providing alternatives to products that are hurting our planet. Our community of brands put people and planet first, and we will continue to push for a world where the word conscious is always followed by consumer.