Each year on April the 22nd, more than one billion people participate in a worldwide event called Earth Day. With a focus on political action and civic participation, it is a day where people actively draw awareness to and assist with protecting and conserving our environment.
Since it’s founding in 1970, Earth Day has continued to grow in strength, giving a voice to the environment and all living organisms. Raising public awareness about the impact humans have on the planet and the ways we can help reduce that impact is a key factor of the event.
Issues which are focused upon on the day worldwide include:
- Ocean pollution
- Climate change
- Energy conservation
- Ozone layer depletion
- Nuclear issues
- Debris and rubbish
- Soil corruption
- Endangered and extinct species
Each year there is a specific focus on one environmental issue. The focus for 2019 is on raising awareness of the rapid rate of extinction of species on earth via the 'Protect Our Species' campaign. People are encouraged to participate in rallies and marches, attend meetings and conferences, spread the word to others and participate in either publicly organised activities, or do their own.
Earth Day Activities to Get Involved In
Here at Stowaway, protecting our marine environment is of high importance to us. We thought it would be appropriate to share with you some of the ways you can help protect marine animals and draw attention to their plight.
- Spend time collecting rubbish off the beach and shorelines
- Choose sustainable seafood options and reduce your seafood consumption
- Limit your use of plastic products
- Use a reef safe sunscreen
- Wash clothing in cold water using a liquid washing soap to reduce microfibre ocean pollution
- Take the kids to the beach and explore the rock pools
- Assist with replanting of the sand dunes
- Say no to single-use plastics and packaging
- Create a petition to increase environmental protection funding and present it to your local MP
- Visit a local school or community centre and tell them about Earth Day
- Recycle and reuse
- Spread the word via social media on ways people can help our marine animals
- Plant trees or donate money to those who can plant them on your behalf
There are also plenty of large scale events you can participate in, or get ideas from. On the Earth Day website, you will find the Take Action page which links you with ways to act immediately. The Campaigns page shows what the latest focuses are on, and give information about why they are a focus and how you can help.
We’re 100% committed to sustainability in everything we do. 5% of our profits are donated directly to selected organisations which help preserve our local NZ beaches, oceans and marine life. We walk the talk and today we’re encouraging you to join us. Let’s celebrate Earth Day!