Earth Day 2017’s Campaign is Environmental & Climate Literacy
There are several actions the Earth Day organization is promoting that we all can take, and most of them are very simple to do. If everyone made an effort to contribute we can make a significant change globally.
- An easy and fun thing to do is to Plant A Tree or donate to plant a tree. Global deforestation is at a rate of 15 billion trees annually!
- Another option: Eat Less Meat; did you know that the meat industry is responsible for 1/5 of the greenhouse gas emissions? Even a small cutback in meat consumption could have a great affect.
- Another very simple and important action: Stop Using Disposable Plastic! Only 10% of the plastic products we use are recycled and re-purposed. And would you believe 300,000,000 TONS of plastic products are produced annually for things like plastic bags, bottles, and packaging. That means every year 270 million tons of those plastics are going to landfills or simply littered and in either case they are dangerous to humans, animals and the entire ecosystem, as the plastic degrades and enters our soil and water.
Most communities celebrate Earth Day with family friendly actives to encourage education and awareness of the day including events leading up to Earth Day. Check for other ways you can participate by visiting the EarthDay.org website, twitter feed, or other Earth Day social media. A google search for Earth Day celebrations and campaigns in your area is a great way to find out what is going on near you as well.
From the EarthDay.org website:
Education is the foundation for progress. We need to build a global citizenry fluent in the concepts of climate change and aware of its unprecedented threat to our planet. We need to empower everyone with the knowledge to inspire action in defense of environmental protection.
Environmental and climate literacy is the engine not only for creating green voters and advancing environmental and climate laws and policies but also for accelerating green technologies and jobs.
This Earth Day, gather with your community for an Environmental & Climate Literacy Teach-In or another project focused on education. We are launching Earth Day and Teach-In toolkits that will lay out the steps for holding a successful event. Register your event with us and we will support you with promotion and advice.
Earth Day Network is launching a campaign for global environmental and climate literacy by Earth Day 2020. We are dedicated to ensuring that every student around the world graduates high school as an environmental and climate literate citizen, ready to take action and be a voice for change. This goal is not only an enormous undertaking, it is critical and timely. The signing of the Paris Agreement is one step towards mitigating the impacts of climate change. Education needs to be a key part of this effort.