April 22 is Earth Day! Did you know that the environmental movement started close to 48 years ago in 1970, when millions of people took to the streets to protest the negative impacts of 150 years of industrial development?
This year’s Earth Day campaign will focus on ending plastic pollution – it is now your turn to stand up, join in, and take action!
It is important to remember the connection between plastics and climate change since the latter is one of the most pressing issues affecting our planet today. An estimated five ounces of carbon dioxide is emitted for every ounce of Polyethylene Terephthalate produced. Polyethylene Terephthalate, also known as PET, is the plastic most commonly used to make water bottles.
Earth Day Network’s End Plastic Pollution campaign includes four major components. Educating people worldwide to take personal responsibility for plastic pollution by choosing to reject, reduce, reuse, and recycle plastics is one of them. Find out about the other three here.
With only four days left until Earth Day 2018, here are four things you can do to support #EndPlasticPollution
- Get the facts from the Plastic Pollution Primer and Action Toolkit
- Challenge yourself and others by taking these 3 to 5-minute quizzes about the Earth here
- Sign the petition to world leaders, national governments, and local legislators urging them to tackle the plastic pollution problem
- Calculate your plastic consumption here
There are many simple and easy tips to help you go green, keep our earth safe, spend less, and make every day Earth Day. Remember that you can make a difference and be the change every single day of the year.
For more easy reading, check out our tips on how to reduce plastic waste on our beaches and in our waters and 3 easy ways to tackle plastic.