Via Greenpeace Africa’s Monica Davies and the Greenpeace Africa team – I wish to share these words and ideas about how each of us can make a difference …
‘Today is Earth Day. Each year, 22 April marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. Many beautiful things started in the ‘70s. This decade was the height of the peace movement: people standing up, against all odds, for what they believed in. The movement opposing the Vietnam War and the small group of friends who inspired the global movement, Greenpeace, are just two examples of this.
Earth Day symbolised what many were already striving for; giving the environment a fighting chance. 43 years after it started, Earth Day has progressed into a global movement encouraging organisations, people and politics alike to take a step back and think about what they can do to give back.
What can you do this Earth Day?
This year’s theme is “The Face of Climate Change”. Rapid, human-induced climate change affects the whole world – we are all the faces of climate change. You can participate in the day in any way you feel; something that makes you feel happy about the environment you live in.
- Start a recycling programme on your street – many areas don’t have recycling initiatives, round up your neighbours to participate and feel proud of your neighbourhood!
- Pick up litter at your local park – get a team together to make this a fun day activity. The dogs would appreciate a day in the park too!
- Use your buying power to hold retailers accountable for their environmental impacts – don’t buy products that are imported when local goods will do, and don’t buy products that are always too overpackaged.
- Plant trees with local organisations who have something planned – or even plan a community vegetable garden at your local school or park.
- Host a screening of Greenpeace documentary, “The Weather Gods”.
It’s really easy to forget where our resources come from – this Earth day, give a little something back.