Earth Day is a day all about celebrating Mother Earth and remembering our duty to protect her. Since it began in 1970, Earth Day has served as way to unite communities in our commitment to a healthy planet.
Thousands of events are hosted across the globe each year on April 22 to celebrate Earth Day. These events include parades, seedling giveaways, festivals, planting community gardens, community clean-ups, and more. Find some great cleanup activities to participate in near you this year.
Although there's global awareness about sustainability today, 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.
Single-use products have also 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.
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 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. Some great examples include bringing your own cup to the coffee shop or 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, we're working to reduce our impact at are various locations across the globe. Our properties practice recycling, which offers an option to keep certain materials out of landfills. We also feature shady trees to absorb carbon dioxide and provide habitats for native birds.
Efforts like community cleanup efforts and sustainable farming are supported through Sun Unity, as well as supporting outdoor spaces like our national parks through various partnerships.
So this year, let's come together to promote a sustainable and unified future. Happy Earth Day!