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In previous years, Earth Day has been marked by street protests, litter cleanups, and mass tree planting, and for the first time since Covid-19 struck, this year, we’re being encouraged to take to the streets once more.
The theme of Earth Day 2022 is “Invest in our Planet”, and it’s a day to encourage the world to sit up and take note of the looming climate crisis threatening our home.
As the website says, “This is the moment to change it all — the business climate, the political climate, and how we take action on climate. Now is the time for the unstoppable courage to preserve and protect our health, our families, our livelihoods… together, we must Invest In Our Planet.”
It’s time to celebrate the environment and, as the theme suggests, take action.
Earth Day was created on April 22, 1970, when 20 million people took to the streets in the United States to protest environmental neglect. Since then, every year, the day marks a celebration of an international environmental movement. This year marks the 52nd anniversary of Earth Day.
As the latest IPCC report shows, our planet and our future depend on us taking action – and soon. Protecting our planet is the only way to ensure we survive. Here’s how to get involved.
Earth Day 2022: your guide
We all know that a green future is the way forwards, but to have a chance at that, we need to make some serious changes.
While the Earth Day collective are asking you to get involved this year, their main focus is encouraging businesses and governments to do their bit, too. As the charity website states, “Unless businesses act now, climate change will ever more deeply damage economies, increase scarcity, drain profits and job prospects, and impact us all.”
That’s where you come in – because, using the power of people, they hope to promote positive change. How can you help? Write to your local politician, ask businesses to do better, and buy B Corp brands, where possible. As Thomas Edison said, “There’s a way to do it better — find it.”
Make your voice heard – and then speak a little louder. “At a rally, a cleanup, with your vote, or your wallet, be heard however you are able. For all of us – today and for our future – let’s INVEST IN OUR PLANET!,” rally the site.
5 ways you can help this Earth Day
1. Use your voice
As above, one of the main ways we’re being asked to do our bit this year is by speaking out about the global crisis and starting conversations with those who might not understand the magnitude of the situation.
Never forget the impact your voice can have. Stuck for ideas? Take action by sharing what you’re doing and from where you are on Earth Day itself – and don’t forget to use the hashtag #EarthDay2022.
2. Educate others on greenwashing
Not sure what greenwashing actually is? Our guide will explain, but it’s essentially a business saying it’s doing good, rather than doing good.
Identifying which corporations these are – and lobbying them to do better – is a key theme for this year, and a simple way you can help from home.
3. Test your environmental knowledge
Because knowledge is power, after all. For Earth Day 2022, why not dive a little deeper into your environmental knowledge and see how much you know about the world’s greatest threat?
Getting educated on environmental issues is one of the most important things that we can do, as it keeps us informed and will also help you convince others who might be skeptical about the pressing need for climate action.
4. Vote Earth and ask three friends to do the same
Another way to help? By supporting Vote Earth.
The initiative encourages you to show your concern for the planet by demanding change at the polls. All you have to do is pledge to take a vote for environmental progress, and challenge three of your friends to do the same to keep the momentum going.
Plus, you’ll get an email reminder to vote if you check “send me email updates”. More information here.
5. Share on social media
And finally, share your stance far and wide – by posting on your social channels, you’re making sure that people all over the world have the chance to see your thoughts. Every little helps, after all.
As above, sharing your content with the hashtag #EarthDay2022 is a good way to show your support.