In case you didn’t know, today (April 22nd) is Earth Day, an internationally celebrated day with a desire to inspire, challenge ideas, ignite passion and motivate people to action when it comes to looking after this precious little planet we call home.
As big lovers of anything that promotes green-living and all that encompasses it, including UK glamping holidays, we’re doing our bit to mark the day and we want to share it with you. Below you can find a little information on the history of Earth Day, as well as some interesting facts and how you can get involved today, and in the future.
Happy Earth Day, everyone!
The first ever Earth Day was marked some forty-six years ago, in 1970. It was established as a day to celebrate the planet and encourage people to think about being consistently more environmentally friendly. The United States held the first day following a shocking oil spill, and from that point onwards people refer to this day as the start of the modern environmental movement.
There’s lots people can do to get involved in a variety of capacities, such as volunteering for green, eco, or sustainability projects, planting trees, or raising awareness about recycling or amount of energy people consume.
Earth Day has some strong support from a number of high-profile celebrities, with Leonardo DiCaprio, Miley Cyrus, Emma Watson, and Matt Damon, all featuring as keen advocators.
10 ways you can get involved:
1. Walk, cycle or take public transport to work instead of driving
2. Don’t use non-reusable coffee cups
3. Get into a habit of recycling
4. Give meat or dairy free days a try at least once a week
5. Carry a reusable water bottle
6. Add the Earth Mode Google Chrome extensionto your browser to monitor your energy use
7. Buy local produce
8. Go paperless wherever possible. For example, bank statements and till receipts
9. Take a bag for life to the shops
10. Plant a tree
Did you know…?
1. There are a staggering one billion people across the world who will get involved with Earth Day this year
2. When the first Earth Day was held, 20 million people participated
3. To this day, no one knows where or how the name and date for Earth Day came from, because the organisers can’t remember!
4. Six years ago, in 2008, Disney unveiled Disneynature to the world, a channel solely dedicated to airing environmental documentaries, to inspire others and celebrate Earth Day
5. Earth Day sports its very own flag (see main image). This flag shows a picture of the Earth which was captured from the Apollo 17 spacecraft on its journey to the Moon