April 22nd 2022 will mark the 52nd annual Earth Day!
So, What is Earth Day?
At its heart, Earth Day is about raising awareness and driving action for ecological sustainability. As stated on earthday.org, Earth Day is “...marked by more than a billion people every year as a day of action to change human behavior and create global, national and local policy changes.”
The way in which individuals, communities and countries observe Earth Day can range from the planting of trees and choosing to eat a more plant based diet, through to lobbying for changes to policy or promoting climate literacy to your local community.
The theme for Earth day 2022 is - Invest in Our Planet, which is about recognising that it is going to take innovation and action by individuals, businesses and governments alike, in order to generate the change we need to see. A true “partnership for the planet”.
The History of Earth Day
So how did it all begin? Created by US politician and environmentalist Senator Gaylord Nelson, Earth Day was brought about by Nelson’s ongoing concerns about the health of the environment and that this issue wasn’t being addressed at a political level.
Nelson engaged the support of Harvard University graduate, Denis Hayes and together on 22 April, 1970, organized the first Earth Day which saw gatherings of up to 10,000 people from Washington to New York! As the global concern of the environment grew, so too did Earth Day’s following which by the 1990’s was being acknowledged by over 140 countries around the world. In 2022, Earth Day now has over 190 countries engaged in the movement.
And yes! You can be involved at your personal level!
If you’re still reading, that must mean you are curious about what YOU could DO, as an individual, to be part of this movement. Well, good news! Below is a list of a few ideas we have put together to help inspire you to easily invest in our planet, the right way, this Earth Day.
Support local - The way we spend our money is the first tangible investment we can all make to support protective behaviors to our planet. Depending on where you live, is there any option for you to prefer local produce and goods for instance? Checking out
For more ideas on how you can get involved this Earth Day be sure to check out the Take Action section of the Earth Day website here(link: https://www.earthday.org/take-action-now).
Together let's Invest in our planet for an ecologically sustainable tomorrow.