On April 22nd we celebrated World Earth Day; a day designated to remind people of the effects that our combined lifestyles have on the earth, and how we can improve upon them. The official theme of this year’s Earth Day centred on plastic pollution and the need to reduce (and eventually end) its use.
First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day is now the world’s largest secular civic event, with more than 193 countries embracing the tradition and organising various events in its honour, such as rallies, demonstrations, talks, film screenings, festivals and community get-togethers.
Google even paid tribute to Earth Day with a doodle of British primatologist and anthropologist Jane Goodall, who is known for working tirelessly on animal welfare issues as well as environmental conservation on the homepage.
But while Earth Day, of course, does a brilliant job at raising people’s consciousness and reminding us of the repercussions that our everyday actions can have on the world (both at micro and macro levels), it’s not much good if we drop the ball as soon as the day’s festivities come to a close.
We need to show our consideration for the world in which we live on an ongoing basis. One day’s worth of thought and reflection in an entire year is not going to stop the terrifying issues that we are increasingly facing; natural disasters, polluted water systems, unsupportable waste management, rising sea levels, etc..
So if you find this reality as scary as we do (and good god, do we find it scary), then allow us to guide you towards some long-lasting ways in which we can easily change our habits and channel that “earth day” good karma 365 days a year.
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