What’s Earth Day, and what can You do? – Today, global Earth Day is a good reminder, that we should consider each day as “an earth day”. It originated out of a growing global ecological awareness back on April 22, 1970. Now more than 1 billion people in 192 countries take part in what is the largest civic-focused day of action in the world. – It is a day for an example of planting trees or cleaning up neighbourhoods and oceans or nature walks.
This year Earth Day Network announced that Earth Day 2018 will focus on mobilizing the world to end plastic pollution. The exponential growth of plastics is threatening our planet’s survival. The goals include ending single-use plastics, promoting alternatives to fossil fuel-based materials, promoting 100 percent recycling of plastics, corporate and government accountability and changing human behaviour concerning plastics. Earth Day Network will educate millions of people about the health and other risks associated with the use and disposal of plastics. This includes the pollution of our oceans, water and wildlife.
Varkala beach in Kerala is a gorgeous place surrounded by the high cliff. The ocean water is clear, but unfortunately, the beach is littered with different plastics and other rubbish.
Transkerala Holidays, a London based holiday company that is awarded as Champion & Official Supporter of Responsible Tourism by World Travel Market & UNWTO, is organising Earth Day Celebration at Varkala beach on Earth Day on Sunday 22nd of April. The action plan is to increase environmental awareness by educating more locals and tourists and clear the plastic on the beach. You can see Earth Day program here.
Envirate participates Earth Day activities and Clean Green Drive program at Varkala Beach together with SKAL International London and GUILD T&T London.
Besides other Earth Day Celebration activities, Envirate’s aim is to continue to rate Kerala state together with other environmentalists. Kerala state is very diverse, the places can vary from the most beautiful nature views 5/5 to the most littered backyards 0/5.
There’s a crucial need to raise environmental awareness in those alerted places in India. Kerala, which is the most educated and richest state in India, is handling their waste problem in few places exemplarily, but still, in most places – there’s a high need for a working waste management and individual environmental education.
By taking better care of our environment, we will take better care of ourselves. Everything is interconnected. The environment is really an extension of us. What we do to the planet, we do to ourselves.
Thus, all enviraters globally – You can help increasing environmental awareness on Earth Day and rate your surrounds where ever you are! Log in at m.envirate.net now!
As Earth Day, as well, raises a concern: It is estimated that by the year 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. Approximately 95% of the world’s plastic consumption is used only once. Altogether it is evaluated that there are 150m tonnes of plastic in the world’s oceans, and over 100,000 sea mammals die from eating or getting tangled up in plastic waste.
It is good to consider even the small actions what we can do personally, or even at a community level. For example, cotton buds, plastic drinking straws and other single-use plastics might be banned from sale in England next year to try to halt the pollution of the world’s rivers and oceans.
And kindly, put attention that you wouldn’t use a new plastic straw all the time with your every drink, instead, you could get your own eco-straw made of a stainless steel!
We hope that many could make it at Varkala beach on Earth Day, or at least let’s share the good environmental intentions globally. After all, it starts with small actions but it can lead to a big change!
Last but not least, few small tips that we all could do more eco-friendly:
- Invest in a home water filter instead of buying and drinking bottled water
- Choose to reject, reduce, reuse and recycle plastics
- Buy products with less packaging
- Don’t buy individually wrapped items
- Use your own reusable bags for every shopping trip
- Eat less animal products
- Eat more raw food items like salads
- Start a small backyard vegetable garden
- Boycott the use of pesticides on your property
- Do not waste water
- Buy recycled paper
- Replace lights with energy-efficient bulbs
- Turn off lights when you’re not in the room
- Walk or ride your bike to work, school and anywhere you can
- Appreciate your surrounds and increase environmental awareness
- Sign up at m.envirate.net now and start rating your environment where ever you are!
More about Envirate:
Envirate is an award-winning mobile application for assessing the state of the environment
wherever you go. The rationale is simple: we are used to rating hotels, food, travel and so forth;
why not do the same for the environment?
Envirate allows anyone with access to a smartphone to give ratings on the environment around
them simply using our three main senses: LOOK, HEAR and BREATHE.
Envirate works globally already, in nine months over 20 000 points have been evaluated around
the globe: 20 cities in 15 countries. The use of the smartphone to collect globally environmental
data on an individual small scale perceptions is completely novel. Read more here.
– Check out different Earth Day events worldwide from Earth Day Network’s Facebook page