Happy Earth Day 2021 folks!
Earth Day, which takes place each year on April 22, is the most-widely observed secular holiday across the globe. It’s an event “celebrated around the world when people take time to appreciate humankind’s connection to the Earth and to raise awareness of our environmental challenges,” according to the Earth Day Initiative.
This year’s theme of “Restore Our Earth” focuses on restoring the world’s ecosystems through natural processes, emerging green technologies and innovative thinking. “This year, we are also supporting local communities and areas that are disproportionately affected by environmental issues,” according to EarthDay.org.
So, what exactly can you do to restore our earth? Here are a few small and simple suggestions that will make a difference.
Beach clean up
Beaches are beautiful, there’s no doubt about it. You know what isn’t beautiful? All the rubbish littered all over public beaches, left behind by people, and washed up to shore. If you find yourself out on a beach walk in the next few days (or any time really), consider doing a little clean up as you go. By cleaning up, you can make a huge difference to ocean wild life.
It doesn’t have to be hard to be a responsible shopper (we promise). In fact, it’s actually more easy and sometimes even cost efficient some of the time. Try bringing reusable bags with you to the shop and buying organic and sustainable produce when possible. It’s small decisions like this that make a big difference.
Did you know that certain sun creams are actually killing our ocean’s coral reefs? Oxybenzone, a chemical common in many sunscreens, has harmful effects, inhibiting the coral’s ability to resist bleaching. Switching to an oxybenzone-free sunscreen is a change you can make easily! Caudalie is a brand worth considering!
Animals need us
A lot of the harm caused by pollution is affecting animal habitats and is ultimately causing certain species to become extinct or endangered. Head over to the WWF to learn about how you can help these animals through donations and adoptions.
Buy a reusable bottle
So simple, yet so effective. Did you know that more than 60 million plastic bottles end up in landfills and incinerators every day? If you haven’t yet made the switch from single use water bottles to reusable, make a change on Earth Day.
Happy Earth Day 2021 everybody!