Earth Day. A day to celebrate Mother Earth and remember our duty to protect her. Since its beginning in 1970, Earth Day has served as way to unite communities in our commitment to a healthy planet.
Each year, on April 22, thousands of events are hosted across the globe to celebrate Earth Day. These include parades, seedling giveaways, festivals, planting community gardens, community clean-ups, and more. To find a community clean-up near you, check out this list.
Although sustainability is now a common topic, it wasn't always that way. In the mid-twentieth century, public awareness was almost non-existent. Companies frequently polluted waterways and filled the air with smog and hazardous greenhouse gases.
On top of it all, a culture of single-use products swept the world, leading to a drastic increase in waste. In fact, recent studies show that we've used more natural resources over the past 50 years than in our entire history.
Today, there's a global awareness about sustainability. Each year, over a billion people celebrate Earth Day. We celebrate to spur change in our usage and waste habits. We celebrate to take on unhealthy pollution. And we celebrate to push for policies for a cleaner planet.
What are some Earth Day accomplishments? Some of the most notable include the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act. Additionally, several countries around the world, including the U.S., have made great strides in shifting to clean energy sources. Check out this chart to see where your state gets its electricity.
Together, we can take steps to make our world more sustainable. For example, try bringing your own cup to the coffee shop and bringing your own bags to the grocery store. Another way to reduce your impact is to walk or bike to work or errands. Not only does it reduce air pollution, it's great for your health and takes an extra car off the road!
Here at Sun RV Resorts, we're working to reduce our impact at resorts across the U.S. and Canada. Recycling is rolling out to resorts, offering an option to keep certain materials out of landfills. Additionally, our RV resorts feature shady trees to absorb carbon dioxide and provide habitats for birds. And at the Sun Communities main office, sustainable farming is supported through Sun Unity partnerships with Detroit's Eastern Market.
So this Earth Day, let's come together to promote a sustainable, unified future. Happy Earth Day!