A few days ago my six-year-old daughter had a talk with me about Earth Day. She told me that whales eat plastic and then they get really sick and die. I said yes, it’s so sad. She agreed and proceeded to tell me all about Earth Day and why it’s important not to litter. She learned about it in Kindergarten. I told her I started this website to help grown-ups make better purchasing decisions so the planet and all the animals and people on it can stay healthy. That’s where I lost her. But we had a moment.
Because of Earth Day, millions of children in classrooms all around the world are talking about how to help the planet. It is the worlds largest environmental movement.
How Earth Day Began
On the first Earth Day in 1970, 20 million Americans rallied to demand environmental protections. The demonstrations led to major political action. That year the US Environmental Protection Agency was created and the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts passed.
Today, Earth Day supports a lot of environmental campaigns. I’ve narrowed it down to the three best Earth Day campaigns to support for maximum impact:
Trees for the Earth is a campaign that encourages combating climate change through reforestation. The Canopy Project plants one tree for each dollar donated. The goal is to plant one tree for every person on earth (7.8 billion) in honor of Earth Day’s 50th anniversary in 2020. A lot more trees could have a big impact on climate change.
It’s not just an Earth Day campaign. Earlier this month a group of activists published an open letter in The Guardian urging governments to employ natural solutions like reforestation to combat climate change. This is an environmental movement I hope more people will consider. The benefits are huge and the drawbacks are small.
How to Act on Climate Change offers tips to slow climate change. My personal favorites are shop smarter and support a circular economy. I believe shopping smarter can have a big impact and still allow us to buy nice clothes and live well. It’s why I started this site.
There are great companies out there that are working for the planet as well as profit. TenTree.com is one of them. For every purchase they plant ten trees. So far they have planted 29 million trees and their goal is to plant one billion. That’s called shopping smart!
Prevent plastic pollution
My final favorite campaign is called Protect the Sea Turtles. One way to protect the sea turtles, and whales and all the other little sea critters is to prevent plastic waste. This one is easy and hard. It’s hard because everything we buy from salad to soap is wrapped in plastic. One day I believe this will change on a mass scale as new materials are created, recycling becomes more effective and more stores sell items in bulk. But for now, it’s easy to bring reusable shopping bags, produce bags, and your own water bottle.