Since 1970, the world has been marking every April 22nd as Earth Day. This year, the Earth Day Network is focusing on the earth’s diminishing species.
More than 2,200 species are listed as endangered or threatened globally under the US Endangered Species Act. Around 150 of these at-risk species live in US ocean waters.
What can you do?
Looking for a way to celebrate our world’s species on Earth Day and beyond?
Ditch the plastic
- Instead of relying on a restaurant’s plastic or styrofoam containers for your takeout, bring your own reusable containers.
- Drink your beverage at the cafe instead of getting a to-go cup—or bring your own reusable mug or bottle.
- Say “no, thank you” to plastic bags and bring your own cloth bags for groceries and produce.
- Instead of buying plastics new, see if you can pick up what you need secondhand or borrow it from a friend.
Go for a walk and appreciate the species around you.
Be a vegan for a day—and maybe longer!
Leave the car in the garage and find an Earth-friendly way to make that journey instead.
Visit a local organic farm and say thank you!
Clean your closet and donate your clothes to charity.
Screw in a light bulb—an LED or CFL to replace inefficient incandescent ones. And turn off the lights when you leave the room!
Learn more about the earth’s vanishing species: earthday.org.