To mark Earth Day, our Getsafees share their top tips on how to live more sustainably
Every year on Earth Day, people around the world get involved in creative projects to raise awareness of urgent environmental issues and the need to protect our planet. To support this vital mission, we’ve taken a look at what Earth Day is all about and have asked our Getsafees to share some simple, actionable tips for a greener lifestyle.
What is Earth Day?
Observed by more than 175 countries, Earth Day is a global campaign that takes place annually on 22 April. It is dedicated to a different theme each year and the diverse array of activities organised to celebrate the event generally revolve around topical issues, such as our diet, sustainable fashion, the climate and saving resources.
But regardless of the theme chosen each year, Earth Day’s overriding aim is to encourage us to appreciate and take better care of our planet.
What is the story behind Earth Day?
Earth Day started out as a student initiative in the USA in 1970. Its aim was to get people talking about the environment and the need to protect it. The campaign was a resounding success, pushing environmental issues into the political spotlight and eventually sparking an international movement. After the very first Earth Day on 22 April 1970, the USA even passed its first major environmental laws.
Today, Earth Day inspires millions of people each year to organise campaigns on improving sustainability, combatting climate change and respecting our planet.
Why is Earth Day so important?
Earth Day celebrations are a fantastic way of getting young people involved in creative environmental projects. Many schools, universities and public associations do something in recognition of the event every year.
Earth Day is also used as an occasion to encourage donations to help campaigners meet crucial environmental objectives.
But ultimately, Earth Day is all about encouraging us to rethink our behaviour as consumers – not just on one day of the year, but all year round. The campaign is a brilliant opportunity to reflect on how we can make our everyday lives more sustainable with just a few simple tweaks.
Top tips from our Getsafees
To help you make a difference, we asked our Getsafees to share their top tips for protecting the environment. Read on to see just how easy it can be to lead a greener lifestyle.
“Try to cut down on plastic by choosing products with little or no plastic packaging, for example. Also, think about putting on a warm jumper before turning up your heating. You’ll save lots of energy over winter that way.”
“Doing something is better than doing nothing so I’d recommend starting small. You don’t have to overhaul your entire lifestyle and become some sort of sustainability guru. Even minor changes can have a huge impact if lots of people make them.”
“Every month, I try to find one item to replace with a more environmentally friendly alternative, such as products sold loose so I can just refill the container in store or plastic-free products like washing-up bars as opposed to liquids sold in plastic bottles.”
“Living more sustainably is a conscious decision. Lots of small changes can make a big difference. If we all start to conserve resources and live in a more environmentally friendly way, we can achieve real change.”
“Be a responsible consumer and always think before you buy. It’s also a good idea to sort through your clothes and other possessions regularly and donate or sell on what you don’t need.”
“Save water! Putting a 2-litre bottle filled with water in your toilet cistern can help you save 2 litres of water with every flush. Another tip is to collect rainwater from your gutters and use it to water your garden.”
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