Earth Day 2020: 10 actions you can take to protect the Earth today

Today marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.

Through 24 hours of action, Earth Day 2020 will drive actions big and small, give diverse voices a platform and demand bold action for people and the planet.

Here are 10 actions you can take to protect the earth today (some of these ideas are from earthday.org):

#1: go ‘plogging’

To practice safe and responsible cleanups in the age of social-distancing Earth Day, Network has adopted the original solo cleanup: plogging. Plogging — a combination of Swedish words plocka (to pick up) and jogga (to jog). Pick up litter on your daily jog or walk and have fun while doing it!

#2: eat only plant-based meals today

Eating a predominately plant-based diet relieves our planet of the burdens of animal agriculture, a huge contributor to ecological destruction and climate change. Head here for some yummy plant-based recipe ideas.

#3: write to your local MP or representative

Every elected representative should put their constituents’ needs first. Tell yours that the health of people and the planet should be the top priority.

#4: commit to vote

Commit to vote in your next local and national elections, making sure the person who represents you makes the planet a priority. And encourage your friends and family to do the same.

#5: fight the war on plastic pollution

Can you decrease your plastic consumption? Remember all the R’s – Reduce, Recycle, Reuse, Remove, Refuse, Rally. Perhaps you can find some smart ways to reduce your waste in general?

#6: help to plant a forest

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time, is now. Earth Day Network’s Canopy Project plants trees to benefit local communities, increase habitat for species, and combat climate change. Every $1 plants a tree. You can donate at action.earthday.org/donate_canopyproject.

#7: plant some wild flowers to save the insects

Wildflowers provide lots of things that insects need: food in the form of leaves, nectar and pollen, also shelter and places to breed. In return, insects pollinate the wildflowers, enabling them to develop seeds and spread to grow in other places. Plus, wildflowers are really pretty!

#8: call your utility supplier and ask for green energy

Consumer demand for renewable energy sources is one of the most immediate actions you can take to lower your carbon footprint. As the cost of constructing renewable energy sources like wind, solar and geothermal decreases, renewable energy is now an economical option for utilities.

#9: turn off the tap when brushing your teeth and don’t waste shower or bath water

A surprisingly large amount of water is wasted when people forget to turn off the tap whilst brushing their teeth. The water isn’t being used for anything and is just left running when you are not rinsing or wetting your brush and this excess use can add up to thousands of litres per year being wasted. So make sure to turn off the tap!

#10: shop local

Lots of us are ordering food and groceries online right now. Before you head to book a slot with a big supermarket, why not check out your local farms and shops, many of which are now offering home deliveries, if they didn’t already. Your produce won’t have travelled halfway around the world before it gets to your doorstep and you’ll be supporting small, local businesses at a time they need you most.

How will you be recognising Earth Day 2020?

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Charli Ferrand Higgins

After a decade working for global and boutique PR and Marketing agencies in Sydney, with clients that included some of the biggest consumer brands in the world, Charli returned to her homeland of the UK in 2017 and decided the time had come to use her professional skills and experience for good. She has since split her time between supporting passionate, purpose-driven small and medium-sized businesses to grow through conscious content marketing, managing and editing the planet-positive content hub Earth Collective (weareearthcollective.com), and hosting the podcast Easy Being Green? Lessons in sustainable business for SMEs.

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