Did you know that people just like you paved the way for the modern environmental movement? Men and women, young and old, from all across the U.S. joined together on the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, to proclaim their love for the earth and the need to protect it! The green movement of the 1960s led to some of our most important environmental laws, such as the Clean Air Act in 1963 and the National Environmental Protection Act in 1969, and the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1970.
We’re proud to say that Earth Friendly Products was a pioneer in that early green movement; we were founded in 1967 with the mission to bring safer cleaning products to families worldwide. More than 50 years later, we’re excited to join Earth Day 2018, the largest civic-focused day of action in the world.
On the first Earth Day, over 20 million people joined together to demonstrate support for environmental protection. This year, Earth Day will bring together over a billion participants in 192 countries! People are already showing their excitement this year by using #EarthDay2018 to connect with volunteer groups and promote environmental events. Here are some ways you can join the movement and celebrate Earth Day with your family and friends:
Participate in an Earth Day cleanup
Because of the startling amount of plastics in the ocean, this year’s Earth Day focus is plastic. Look for cleanup events in your town; if you live in a coastal area, look for beach cleanups to remove plastics that end up in the ocean. Over 100,000 marine animals die every year from plastic entanglement; removing plastic from the beach can reduce the amount of plastic in the ocean. Other popular cleanup sites include highways, parks, and schools. You can go to www.earthday.org to search for other ways to get involved.
Did you know that you can reduce your environmental impact by eating less meat, or cutting it out of your diet altogether?
It takes 150 gallons of water to produce one quarter-pound hamburger versus 60 gallons of water to produce one pound of wheat.
Meat production causes more negative environmental damage than growing fruits and vegetables for consumers. Look for delicious plant-based recipes online, made with grains, beans, and veggies, throughout the month of April to reduce your environmental impact.
Reduce your transportation impact
This month, look at alternatives modes of transportation other than just driving your car. Using public transportation can improve air quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and save you money! Subways and metro rail systems produce 76% lower greenhouse gas emissions per passenger mile than an average single-occupancy vehicle. You can also look into biking to work or carpooling with other employees to reduce your environmental impact.
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