Friday, 21 April 2017

Earth Day 2017 - ways you can make a difference

April 22, 2017 is Earth Day. An annual event celebrated around the world to demonstrate support for environmental protection.

This year, Earth Day's main event is the March for Science. A campaign focusing on creating and supporting knowledge sharing, community engagement, citizen science and stewardship. For more information, check out,

Here are some super ways you can contribute to supporting our environment - every little bit counts.....

Plant a tree

Deforestation contributes to species extinction and is responsible for up to 15% of the gloabl greenhouse gas emissions causing climate change. 

Planting a tree is a great way to flight climate change.

Reduce your use of plastics

Currently about 300 million tons of plastics are produced each year to make bags, bottles and packages. However, only about 10% of this plastic is properly recycled and reused. The rest ends up in landfill. This is really a situation that is getting out of control.

Ideas include:
  • Refuse plastic bags at the supermarket - take your own cloth bags
  • Switch to a KeepCup for your takeaway coffee
  • Stop using plastic straws, even at restaurants
  • Buy boxes instead of bottles
  • Purchase food in bulk and fill a reusable bag or container

Reduce your carbon footprint

An increase in greenhouse gas emissions, and therefore in carbon footprint is the primary event associated with climate change that has led to global warming.

Ideas include:

  • Walk or ride a bike instead of driving
  • Change your lighting to compact fluorescent light bulbs
  • Invest in insulation and solar panels

What are your tips for making a difference this Earth Day?

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