Every year since 1970, April 22nd marks Earth Day around the world.
According to Earth Day Network, “On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment. Groups that had been fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways, the loss of wilderness, and the extinction of wildlife suddenly realized they shared common values.”
As a network, their mission is to educate, diversify and activate the environmental movement worldwide. Working with 75,000 partners in almost 192 countries to build environmental democracy, Earth Day Network is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement. Now, almost 50 years later, more than one billion people participate in Earth Day activities each year. As of 2018, Earth Day Network launched a multi-year campaign dedicated to ending plastic pollution. The theme for 2019 is Protect Our Species.
“Nature’s gifts to our planet are the millions of species that we know and love, and many more that remain to be discovered. Unfortunately, human beings have irrevocably upset the balance of nature and, as a result, the world is facing the greatest rate of extinction since we lost the dinosaurs more than 60 million years ago. But unlike the fate of the dinosaurs, the rapid extinction of species in our world today is the result of human activity,” the Earth Day Network said of their mission behind the 2019 Earth Day theme.
They continued, “The unprecedented global destruction and rapid reduction of plant and wildlife populations are directly linked to causes driven by human activity: climate change, deforestation, habitat loss, trafficking and poaching, unsustainable agriculture, pollution and pesticides to name a few. The impacts are far-reaching.”
So in honour of Earth Day today, how can we make a positive impact?
Sky Ocean Rescue has joined forces with Project 0 along with ten celebrity designers to create the #PassOnPlastic Reusable range. The range includes durable, reusable coffee cups and bottles, 100% cotton tote bags, on-the-go cutlery wraps and beeswax wraps. Celebrities including Kate Moss, Cara Delevigne, Rita Ora and Bob Geldof have been working with Sky Ocean Rescue to bring to life their designs for the reusable limited-edition range.
Find out more and shop the collection here.
All hail King of Nature Documentaries, Sir David Attenborough as he returns to Netflix with an eight-part series, Our Planet. Reportedly four years in the making, with content filmed across 50 different countries, the series explores some of the earth’s most precious species and the fragile habitats they live in.
Claudie Pierlot has launched a campaign #RiseUpWithClaudie in order to protect UNESCO Biosphere Reserves and work with the Keystone Foundation. The Keystone Foundation is an initiative that provides the opportunity for 100 women from the Nilgiri region of India to become ‘Green Leaders’ in their community. This allows for training opportunities such as eco-tourism, traditional medicine, sustainable resource management and sharing and teaching this knowledge to their community. Through this initiative not only does it allow these women to boost their culture and preserve their environment in a sustainable way but it affords the opportunity to diversify their revenue sources and improve living conditions.
In working with the Keystone Foundation, Claudie Pierlot have designed and created a capsule collection of t-shirts, made from organically farmed cotton and printed with universal messages. For each t-shirt sold, £5 will be donated to the Keystone Foundation.
Find out more on their website here.
Even the things that seem the most innocent within our daily routine, can be improved for a more eco-friendly approach. Take your makeup and beauty products for example. Consider the packaging as well as the ingredients. Beauty brand newcomer (but an undoubtedly, strong force to be reckoned with) We Are Paradoxx, have ditched plastic and glass packaging in favour of aluminium which although more expensive, can be recycled in an infinite loop. Glass was reportedly an option for the brand but being a heavier material, it meant increased carbon emissions to name but a few of the environmental challenges glass poses. The brand clearly outlines its current commitment to environmental and social responsibility with goals to continuously improve upon this. Included within current environmental efforts is their commitment to creating products that minimise the use and generation of hazardous substances through their formulation. They’ve also enforced a cruelty-free approach to their products using sustainable and ethically sourced ingredients.
For more information, check out their extensive range of products here.