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Earth Day 2023 will be celebrated globally on Saturday, April 22.
The theme of Earth Day this year is Invest In Our Planet, which focuses on the effects of climate change on the planet and what efforts are occurring to mitigate it. According to the celebration’s official website:
“For Earth Day 2023, we need to act (boldly), innovate (broadly), and implement (equitably). Businesses, governments, and citizens — everyone accounted for, and everyone accountable. A partnership for the planet.”
The first official Earth Day began in 1970 after a major oil spill took place in Santa Barbara, California. On January 28, 1969, a well being drilled off the coast of Santa Barbara blew out, resulting in more than 3 million gallons of oil leaking into the ocean. Thousands of animals were killed, including birds, dolphins, sea lions, and seals. Because of this major disaster, environmentalists and activists created environmental regulations, education, and ultimately, Earth Day.
On the first anniversary of the Santa Barbara oil spill in 1970, activists celebrated Environmental Rights Day, where they read the Declaration of Environmental Rights. Wisconsin Senator, Gaylord Nelson, spearheaded the movement and convinced the U.S. government that the planet was at risk.
Later that year, the first official Earth Day celebration took place. Thousands of colleges, universities, high schools, elementary schools, and communities throughout the United States participated in a peaceful demonstration to encourage environmental reform.
Following the Earth Day celebration, Congress began passing more important laws that have been critical for our environment including the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, and more.
Today, Earth Day is observed in 193 countries and organized by the nonprofit, Earth Day Network. EDN organizes activities, gatherings, and collaborations across the world. According to EDN, “more than 1 billion people are involved in Earth Day activities, making it the largest secular civic event in the world.”
Want to celebrate Earth Day but not sure where to start? Here are a few ideas you can do from your home. For more information, check out Earth Day 2023 events further down.
One of the most direct ways to make a positive impact on Earth Day is to get out there and clean up your neighborhood. With a proper mask, social distancing, and the right tools, you can safely pick up trash in your neighborhood. Picking up litter in your neighborhood not only makes it look nice and clean, it can also help to protect local wildlife and ecosystems. You can even recruit a few friends or family to help. Cleaning up your local area is also a great way to set an example for others. Look out for clean up events in your neighborhood or start your own!
Livestock like cattle and pigs produce a significant amount of methane, which can act as a greenhouse gas. Cutting back on the amount of meat you eat per week will help decrease greenhouse gasses. In celebration of Earth Day 2023, try going meatless for the day, or take it a step further and make Meatless Mondays a regular occurrence.
A large majority of the energy that powers our homes comes directly from fossil fuels. If we unplug our electronic devices, we reduce our home’s energy demand and carbon emissions. This Earth Day, spend time outdoors enjoying nature and limit screen time.
Trees can help reduce climate change as they remove carbon dioxide from the air, store carbon within themselves and soil, then release oxygen back into the atmosphere. Check your local area for nurseries and plant stores that are open.
Donating to an environmental cause can be the perfect way to lend your support to Earth Day — and it fits this year’s theme of investing in your planet. You can donate directly to the official Earth Day organization or find a related cause that you are most passionate about.
If you don’t have time to volunteer or have extra money to donate, you can still help to celebrate Earth Day by making an Earth Day resolution. Whether you pledge to cut down on water consumption, use less plastic, reduce energy consumption, or something else, every little bit can help when it comes to protecting our environment, wildlife, and natural resources.
If you’re looking for organized activities on Earth Day 2023, we’ve also compiled a list of amazing events happening across the U.S. Find an event that aligns with your environmental goals and reach out to see how you can help! For more information, check out the official Earth Day website where you can find an event near your location.
The Canopy Project is a global initiative that plants trees to benefit communities and combat climate change. You can participate by donating money to the organization, or contact the organization for information about how to plant trees with them.
My Planet, My Closet is a project that aims to create a dialogue around sustainable fashion and shopping. To celebrate Earth Day 2023, people are invited to send a video about your sustainable clothing that will be showcased on earthday.org’s social media profiles.
The Great Global Cleanup is a worldwide program that aims to remove trash from neighborhoods, beaches, rivers, lakes, trails, and parks. You can register for a clean-up near you to join the effort for Earth Day 2023.
The Global Earth Challenge is a coordinated citizen science campaign that started in 2020 and empowers people to help the scientific community by collecting data using a mobile app. People can download the app and take part in the challenge through four options:
The Earth is our home and we need to take care of it, and Earth Day is the perfect time to learn more about the environment and how to get involved in eco-friendly initiatives.
Remember that change can start out small, whether it’s reducing the use of disposable plastic water bottles by buying a water filter, using less water when you shower, getting out there and cleaning up your neighborhood, or joining an eco-friendly organization.
Join Aquasana by pledging to take care of our planet by keeping our water clean and reducing waste. Have a great Earth Day!
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