What is Earth Day?
It began in the US after millions of people took to the streets on April 22, 1970, to protest the negative impacts of industrial development on the environment. It had a huge impact, resulting in the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and strong environmental laws in the US such as the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act. Now Earth Day is a global event, with more than a billion people taking part in marches, petitions, and clean-ups to protect the environment.
What is this year’s Earth Day theme?
The theme for Earth Day 2019 is to ‘Protect Our Species.’ It has been created in response to the destruction of plant and wildlife populations by human activity such as climate change, deforestation, poaching, and pollution.
Here are some ideas from World Earth Day:
- Prevent the creation of micro-plastics by being careful not to throw plastic products in waterways, beaches or open spaces.
- Pick up trash – especially plastics – whenever you see it, in ponds, streams, rivers, beaches, when possible.
- Participate in organised clean-up activities as much as you can.
- Look up products on the Internet and choose not to buy products containing micro-beads. Choose products that have natural exfoliators instead.
- Consider changing the way you wash your clothing to reduce the number of microfibers that are released. There are also bags and other devices you can use in your washing machine to collect the fibers.
- Consider purchasing items made of natural fibers, when possible.
- Do not wash off lint from your dryer down the drain. Dispose of it on the trash.
What is happening in London for World Earth Day 2019?
The biggest event celebrating Earth Day in London is at Somerset House. Their Earth Day season runs from until April 29th, bringing together groups of artists, installations and interactive events.