Spring and this year’s celebration of our planet Earth Day 2021, are quickly approaching.
What began 52 years ago as a call for peace and respect toward the planet by activist John McConnell has blossomed into a very influential and far-reaching movement to educate the world in matters of climate, reservation, and the environment at large.
As a result of tireless work by countless individuals, both nameless and famous, the general public has a greater understanding of the stakes involved in how society treats the planet. The efforts of these passionate people have made – and will continue to make – a difference in the pursuit of a bright future for Earth.
While the April 22 quasi-holiday will likely continue to look different due to the global pandemic, you can still easily contribute to a host of Earth Day events.
Before you jump into the various Earth Day projects out there, it may be prudent to possess a solid base of knowledge about the day itself.
A Brief and Compelling History of Earth Day
Sparked by an oil blowout off the coast of Santa Barbara in 1969, environmental activists mobilized to create visible changes in society for the planet’s benefit. The immediate result was the creation of Earth Day, a global day of observance to support environmental protection.
With the quite poignant slogan, “We have met the enemy, and he is us," Earth Day 1970 saw roughly 20 million Americans at schools and in communities across the country staging peaceful demonstrations in the name of planet Earth. Since then, it has been adopted by 192 countries and holds the claim of the largest secular holiday in the world.
The Earth Day movement continues to champion transformational change to ensure a sustainable way of life for the planet. This is thanks in part to everyone from your ordinary everyday citizen to high profile environmentalists like Leonardo DiCaprio and Greta Thunberg. Through spreading awareness and providing simple, measured alternatives, the goals set by those in 1970 are gradually being achieved.
Three Ways to Celebrate Earth Day 2021
Contributions to the environment don’t have to be as grand as speaking at a large convention or contacting politicians. You can make an impact with these small, manageable actions.
1. Volunteer for an Earth Day Event
The official Earth Day website makes volunteering very easy if you are interested. However, volunteering does not automatically mean you have to sign up for a large, coordinated event.
Search your local community centers and Facebook groups to join in on a positive initiative in your own backyard, such as cleaning up roadside trash or planting trees.
2. Ride Your Bike Wherever Possible
A solid showing of solidarity with the push to decrease pollution, riding your bike is also a great way to exercise and get some fresh air. Many people may have been outside less than usual this past year, so a leisurely bike ride as spring rolls in could be quite healthy for the planet and yourself.
Surely, the past year saw fewer cars on the road as more people opted to stay home, but continuing to cut down on toxic emissions with bike rides can only help the cause.
3. Propose Green Initiatives at Your Workplace
Use Earth Day 2021 as an excuse to give tips to co-workers on how to be more environmentally conscientious. By conserving resources and promoting sustainability, companies can find these measures cost-effective and hopefully morale-boosting.
Renewable Energy is the Key to a Green Future Beyond Earth Day 2021
So, you practiced great habits on Earth Day this year, and you are excited about the positive impact you can make on the planet. What’s next for you beyond April 22?
Utilizing renewable energy in your home could be your next step. It’s a growing trend in the U.S., as 23% of energy generation came from renewable sources last year, of which approximately 50% was wind and solar generation.
Learning more about how you can get started with green energy is easy with Starion Energy.
Make Earth Day 2021 a Memorable One and Sign Up With Starion Energy
As long as you engage in environmentally-friendly activities and refrain from any poor habits, you are doing Earth Day right. To take this Earth Day one step further, make a move toward utilizing renewable energy in your home. To help celebrate Earth Day, Starion Energy will have 10 trees planted in a special location around the US for every customer that signs up for any of their green energy products on Earth Day, April 22nd. Help Starion Energy make a difference this Earth Day!
To discover the clean energy options in your area, reach out to Starion Energy today.