The first Earth Day, April 22, 1970, was created by U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson from Wisconsin. The purpose of the day is to demand protections against environmental pollutions. Today, over a billion people from all across the world participate in activities to promote a cleaner Earth.
This years Earth Day is dedicated to ending our reliance of plastic.
Every single day we are using a tremendous amount of plastic. Tooth brushes, bottles, bags, plastic in electronics, cars, etc. Many of us do our best to recycle, but the far majority of plastic ends up in landfills or littered. Because of this, we see plastic litter everywhere. On the side of the road, along hiking paths, in our rivers, streams and oceans. It is a massive problem. Petroleum based plastic can remain in the environment for over 2000 years (source).
How can YOU help?
- Avoid single use plastics such as straws, bags and bottles.
- Carry an aluminum bottle and cloth bags to replace single use items.
- Recycle all plastic including electronic equipment.
- Pick up plastic whenever you see it (all trash really).
- We carry a cloth bag anytime we hike and pick up all trash we see.
- Purchase clothing made from natural materials and wash synthetic materials less often.
- Participate in your local government to help promote legislation that works to reduce plastic use.
- Be conscious of your impact when you purchase something. Do you need it? Aim to consume less and reuse more.