April 22nd is #EarthDay!!!
On January 28, 1969, a well drilled by Union Oil Platform A off the coast of Santa Barbara, California, blew out. More than three million gallons of oil spewed, killing more than 10,000 seabirds, dolphins, seals, and sea lions. As a reaction to this disaster, activists were mobilized to create environmental regulation, environmental education, and Earth Day. *
Last year, 2020, marked the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. What started out as an effort to get environmental protection onto the political landscape back in 1970 has now become a global effort participated in by over 180 countries and more than 200 million people. It is about education, policy change, awareness and so much more.
Whether you are an environmental activist or simply want to do your part to clean up your tiny corner of the world, there is always something you can do. Striving for change on a global scale sounds overwhelming and daunting as tasks go, however, I feel just the awareness of #EarthDay brings it back to the individual.
- What can you do to make small changes as part of a ripple effect to change the world? Here are some ideas:
- Educate yourself on the importance of this global movement at https://www.earthday.org/
- Get involved in your community to find out what environmental resources are available.
- Volunteer for clean up activities in your area.
- Donate to any of your favorite environmental preservation organizations like Greenpeace, Rainforest Alliance or many others out there doing big work in the world.
- Bike instead of drive to the corner store.
- Conserve water by turning the faucet off while brushing your teeth.
- Choose food options not wrapped or packaged in plastic.
- Plant a tree.
- Use non-toxic chemicals.
What will you do to make a difference?