Earth Day was established in 1970 and is observed on April 22 each year. Earth Day aims to inspire appreciation for the environment and encourage awareness of the problems plaguing and compromising the air, water and soil.
1. Plant a tree
Planting a tree is one of the best ways you can give back to the Earth. Plant a few seeds in your garden, or a pot, and water them daily. By planting more trees you will reduce the amount of carbon dioxide within the atmosphere and help balance our ecosystem.
2. Save Power
Energy saving is a vital step to restrain emission overuse of natural resources like oil, gas and petrol. Switch off all electrical devices when not in use so that you can held reduce carbon emissions. Use energy saving light bulbs and turn off the tap when you are not using it .
Do not litter. Litter that is not biodegradable is harmful towards the earth and its biodiversity. Stop using plastic bags, rather use a cloth or a paper bag instead from this Earth Day on.
Harmful chemicals and greenhouse gasses are released from rubbish in landfill sites.
Recycle any papers, plastic, tins and glass that you want to throw away as recycling helps reduce the pollution caused by waste. Help clean up your community by getting involved in clean up days and picking up accumulated litter.
4. Use alternative modes of transport
The more fuel you use, the more are you using up the earth’s resources and releasing harmful gases into the atmosphere. Save some money and benefit your health by cycling or walking to your destination for the day.
5. Spread the word
Share your knowledge about Earth Day and climate change with others.Just talking about the environment with people who may not think about it that much is a good way to celebrate Earth Day.
- Wits Vuvuzela Joburgers were eco-friendly long before the streets of Sandton were closed off October 2015
- Wits Vuvuzela Arts in the name of climate change September 2014