- 13 Apr 2017
Earth day 2017 is all about education! Getting everyone familiar with the concepts behind climate change, one of the biggest issue facing our world today. The Earth Day Network’s mission…and it’s a big one, is to address climate change and protect the earth for future generations, and this year it looks to achieve its goals by focusing on education, public policy and consumer campaigns.
What is Earth Day?
Interestingly ENJO and Earth Day came about from the same type of environmental disaster...The idea for a day to focus on the environment came from Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson after he witnessed the devastating effects of an oil spill in Santa Barbara in 1969. Fast forward 16 years and Friedrich Engl, innovative entrepreneur and textile industry expert encountered an oil accident on Lake Constance that lead to the development of ENJO cleaning products.
These two individuals saw worrying effects to our environment and looked for a solution, and that’s what earth day represents, individuals and communities standing up for the environment. Each person dedicating changes both big and small and seeing the momentum make a marked difference.
With education on the agenda, Earth Day hopes to see that everyone at the very least understands the worrying effects our current lifestyles are having on the environment. With each passing year the fight for a clean environment continues with increased urgency, targeting the younger generation's hoping to see a big change in attitudes and lifestyle choices.
Why is it important?
Human activity is causing our planet to warm at an alarming rate. A large proportion of climate scientists agree that climate-warming trends over the past century are extremely likely due to human activities.
We are consuming natural resources at an alarming rate, more than we can replenish, what’s said to be 1.5 planets worth of resources every year – totally unsustainable.
What’s the plan?
Reforestation is one of the major campaigns, launched in 2016 the goal is to plant 7.8 billion trees worldwide by 2020, one tree for every person projected to be on the planet.
ENCOURAGE GREEN CITIES
It’s projected that two-thirds of the population will live in cities in 2050. With more people living in cities than ever before, the plan is to call for cities to accelerate their transition to a cleaner, healthier and more economically viable future through renewable technologies.
IMPLEMENT GREEN SCHOOLS
Green schools significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions and energy costs, improve student and teacher health and enhance student motivation for change and improvements to the environment.
HELP ENDANGERED SPECIES
Species are going extinct at a faster rate than ever before owing to human intervention. From whales, Asian elephants and wild rhinoceros – take action today by supporting anti-poaching groups, preventing climate change and donating to support groups.
What can you do to help?
Do something to connect with the earth and enjoy nature. Go for a walk and breathe in the fresh air. Head to the coast and feel the sand between your toes. Disconnect from technology and embrace nature and all it offers.
Get involved! Once you’ve immersed yourself in all that’s natural and good about the planet, do something to help protect it. Donate, share issues via social channels, and join or organise events to raise awareness in your local area.
Make sustainable lifestyle choices! It’s the way we live our daily lives that contributes to the overall human effect on the planet. Make decisions that take the planet into account; reduce your use of energy, recycle, switch to natural rather than chemical and reuse and upcycle!