There's no place like Earth.
We reckon Planet Earth is an incredible gift we all share, and there's no bigger responsibility we all share than protecting her.
April 22, this Saturday, is Earth Day - and it is a powerful reminder of our responsibility to protect our planet and take action to address environmental challenges.
As citizens of Planet Earth, we have the power and responsibility to make our voices heard and take steps towards a more sustainable future.
We can make a positive difference. But why limit our efforts to just one day? Let's make every day Earth Day! Here are five simple things you can do to make a difference every day:
Plant native trees: Trees play a vital role in mitigating climate change by absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen. Planting trees in your community or supporting tree-planting initiatives can help combat deforestation, improve air quality, and provide habitat for wildlife - especially native trees. You can participate in tree-planting events organised by charities like like Trees that Count, organise an event with your workplace or school, or simply plant trees in your own backyard.
Reduce plastic use: Plastic pollution is a significant environmental issue that harms marine life and pollutes our oceans, rivers, and land. You can make a difference by reducing your plastic use. Choose reusable bags, bottles, and utensils, say no to single-use plastics like straws and cutlery, and properly recycle or dispose of plastic waste. You can participate in local beach or river clean-ups with charities like Sustainable Coastlines to prevent plastic pollution from entering our waterways. Gift with The Good Registry's electronic Good Gift Cards or set up a Good Registry for your birthday for zero-plastic gifting that can also support environmental causes.
Choose sustainable fashion: The fashion industry is one of the most polluting industries, contributing to water pollution, waste, and greenhouse gas emissions. You can make a positive impact by choosing sustainable fashion options. Look for brands that prioritise ethical and eco-friendly practices, such as using organic or recycled materials, supporting fair labour practices, and reducing waste in their production processes - like Little Yellow Bird (for workplace gear) and Nisa (for intimates, workout gear and swimwear). We also love thrift shopping and clothing swaps as sustainable alternatives to fast fashion.
Advocate for change: Your voice matters. Use your voice to advocate for environmental policies and regulations that promote sustainability. Contact your local councillors and MPs, sign petitions, and participate in community events that advocate for environmental protection. Engage in conversations with family, friends, and colleagues about the importance of sustainability and share information on how they can make a positive impact too. With election year in Aotearoa New Zealand this year, every vote for the environment counts!
Conserve Energy: Energy consumption is a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, which contribute to climate change. You can reduce your carbon footprint by conserving energy in your daily life. Turn off lights, appliances, and electronics when not in use, choose energy-efficient light bulbs, unplug chargers when not in use, and use natural light and ventilation whenever possible. Also consider investing in renewable energy sources like solar panels for your home, or buying your power from companies investing in renewable energy generation including wind and solar.
Earth Day is a reminder that each of us has the power to make a difference in protecting our planet, not just on April 22nd, but every day.
By taking simple actions such as planting trees, reducing plastic use, choosing sustainable fashion, advocating for change, and conserving energy, you can contribute to a more sustainable future for ourselves and future generations.
Let's make every day Earth Day and work together to create a positive impact on our planet. Happy Earth Day!