World Earth Day
Yes, we decided to publish this World Earth Day post one day after the actual World Earth Day. It is important to think about our Earth not only on one of 365 days in the year. But on EVERY SINGLE DAY.
In today’s blog post, we first explain what World Earth Day is all about and also show you ways how to live a more conscious and sustainable life – for the sake of our Earth.
WORLD EARTH DAY
Celebrated annually on April 22 with a specific focus and theme in more than 175 countries. Earth Day is designed to strengthen appreciation for the natural environment, but also to encourage people to rethink their consumption habits.
The name and concept were first proposed by John McConnell in 1969 at a UNESCO conference in San Francisco. It was to be celebrated on March 21, 1970, the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. This day was later manifested as a global day of action in a proclamation by UN Secretary-General U Thant.
To draw attention to the problems of environmental pollution, around the same time, then U.S. Senator from Wisconsin initiated a national environmental action day called Environmental Teach-in or Earth Day. Annually held on April 22, to encourage people to rethink their consumption. The day has been celebrated in the U.S. since 1970, where it has been popular from the beginning and events are held annually at thousands of universities and colleges.
On the first Earth Day in 1970, 20 million people participated in events.
It has become much more widely accepted all over the world as Earth Day on April 22. As well it is curated globally by the Earth Day Network.
TIPS FOR A MORE SUSTAINABLE LIVING
You may think that you as a single person are not making a difference but that is not true. Your choices and actions matter and they will affect the planet for better or for worse. The choice is yours. Even if you change just one thing in your everyday life – you are well on your way to putting less strain on the earth’s resources. If you are interested and want to make a positive chang and live more sustainably, read the helpful tips below.
Tips for saving energy at home
It’s important to conserve energy for two reasons. The more non-renewable energy like gas, coal and oil that people consume, the greater the risk that the planet will eventually run out. This particular catastrophe will not occur in the next few years. But it is important to look ahead and take care of future generations because energy is not just about comfort, it is about survival.
Also, it is important to keep in mind the amount of pollution that will be created if you use non-renewable energy sources. If you think that what you’re doing isn’t really impacting the world, consider this: The average American has a carbon footprint of 14.95 tons! That’s the highest in the world – and we all need to do our part to bring that number down to a more sustainable level.
Here are a few ideas to reduce your carbon footprint.
Stop using a dryer
If you can, air dry your laundry outside. It may seem like a step back in time to hang your laundry on a clothesline in the sun – but in some parts of the world, it’s actually the norm! We’ve simply become accustomed to the convenience of a dryer. By doing this, you can drastically reduce your home’s energy consumption.
Use cold water to wash your clothes
If possible, you should wash with cold water as often as possible. Your washing machine, unlike your dryer, does not require a lot of energy to run. Almost all of your washing machine’s energy consumption comes from heating the water.
Use LED light bulbs
Replace the incandescent light bulbs in your home with LED bulbs. LED bulbs may be more expensive at first, but they will save you in the long run, as they use 85 percent less energy and last about 25 times longer than traditional bulbs.
Use a programmable thermostat.
If you switch to a smart, programmable thermostat, you can reduce your air conditioner’s energy use by setting times during the day (when you’re working or sleeping) when the air conditioner or heater won’t run as often.
Sustainable shopping tips
Also, pay attention to the amount of single-use plastic that is used and thrown away and then finds its way into the world’s oceans.
Plastic water bottles, for example, take over 400 years to decompose, and some even take up to 1000 years to biodegrade. On average, 8 million tons of plastic ends up in the ocean every year, which means that the Earth doesn’t just have a problem, but unfortunately a very big one.
Avoid plastic water bottles
As mentioned earlier, it takes a long time for these to decompose. Respectively too many of them find their way into the oceans. However, the problem doesn’t stop there. In fact, bottling water, transporting it to the supermarket, and cooling it consumes up to 2,000 times as much energy as drinking water from the tap.
To get water quality concerns out of the way you can get a water filter. Many options exist that are quick and easy to install under your sink.
Use your own shopping bags
Plastic bags, just like plastic water bottles, keep ending up in the ocean where sea animals mistake them for food. Plastic bags are not biodegradable and cause blockages in animals’ digestive systems. Over time, eating bags is fatal to the animal.
When buying clothes, pay attention to the label
Basically, the most sustainable clothes are the ones you already have in your closet. Still, of course, every once in a while you need a new piece of clothing. Try to build your wardrobe with renewable materials like wool, linen and cotton. Clothes that contain polyester, nylon and spandex are based on plastics.
The next time you go shopping, look carefully at your options and avoid items that are single-use and come in plastic packaging. Buying already-packaged fruits and vegetables may be convenient, but the packaging is a hazard to the environment.
Especially with shampoo, try switching to zero waste items and use soap.
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The product is easy to assemble and consists of a wall-mounting part. The main body can be removed for easy cleaning and refilling. It keeps the soap bar dry and clean, and has a small window on the side for ventilation and easy checking of the size of the soap bar so you know when to refill it
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Traveling today is easier than ever, but the planet is paying a high price for it. Cars and planes are two of the main contributors of greenhouse gases on Earth. There’s no way to avoid driving and flying all the time, but you should make an effort to save as much as possible. Maybe take the train more often to cover a long distance trip. In addition, it is a good idea to get on your bike or walk as often as possible. This is sometimes even faster in the city and you also stay fit.
Living a more sustainable life means giving up a few conveniences, but it’s worth it in the long run. Over time, you’ll get used to the new way of living and feel better knowing you’re making a positive change for the planet you call home.
HAPPY WORLD EARTH DAY!