The Earth Day Network
Earth Day is an international awareness day celebrated on April 22.
Worldwide, various events are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day events now take place in more than 193 countries, coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network.
The Earth Day Network works year-round to combat climate change, to end plastic pollution, to protect endangered species, and to broaden, educate, and activate environmental movement across the globe.
Earth Day 2019
This years’ campaign is all about protecting our species.
Our planet is now in the midst of a mass extinction of plants and animals, the sixth mass extinction that planet has experienced to date.
We’re currently experiencing the worst spate of species die-offs since the loss of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago.
Some extinctions can be classed as natural phenomenon’s, they occur at a natural ‘background’ rate of about 1 to 5 species per year. However, scientists now estimate that we’re losing species at 1,000 to 10,000 times the background rate.
Alarmingly, this equates to dozens of species becoming extinct every day, with as many as 30 to 50 percent of all species possibly heading toward extinction by the mid-century.
Unlike past mass extinctions (caused by events like asteroid strikes, volcanic eruptions, and natural climate shifts), the current crisis is almost entirely caused by human activity. It has been stated that 99% of currently threatened species are at risk from human activities such as habitat loss, introduction of exotic species and global warming.
As our ecosystems unravel, the rate of extinctions are likely to snowball – where the extinction of one species leads to the extinction of another due to the complex ecological web where everything thing in life relies on one another for the system to work in harmony.
“If we don’t act now, extinction may be humanity’s most enduring legacy.”
The good news is that the rate of extinction can still be slowed, and many of our declining, threatened and endangered species can still recover if we work together to build a united global movement of consumers, voters, educators and scientists to demand immediate action.
What can you do to help?
The Earth Day Network is asking people to join their ‘Protect our Species’ campaign.
The goals of the campaign are to:
- Educate and raise awareness about the accelerating rate of extinction of millions of species and the causes and consequences of this phenomenon.
- Achieve major policy victories that protect broad groups of species as well as individual species and their habitats.
- Build and activate a global movement that embraces nature and its values.
- Encourage individual actions such as adopting plant based diet and stopping pesticide and herbicide use.
Doing Something Small is Better than Doing Nothing at All
We understand that buying quality and wasting less is one important change that we can all make. That’s why this weekend we’re making it even easier for you to purchase sustainable, plastic-free products that you can love and reuse for years to come.