Earth Day provides an opportunity to raise public awareness around the world to the challenges regarding the well-being of the planet and all the life it supports.
The Earth Day theme for 2017 is Environmental & Climate Literacy. Environmental and climate literacy is the engine not only for creating green voters and advancing environmental and climate laws and policies but also for accelerating green technologies and jobs.
Stand Up and Take action!
These are some examples of how you can take action:
Plant a Tree or Donate to Plant a Tree
Deforestation contributes to species extinction, poverty, and is responsible for up to 15% of the global greenhouse gas emissions causing climate change. Planting trees is one of the easiest and most important ways to fight climate change.
DoorZone suppliers of timber for all our garage doors, house doors and frames are all registered and are 100% Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certified.
The Forest Stewardship Council is an international non-profit, multi-stakeholder organization established in 1993 to promote responsible management of the world’s forests.
For more information on FSC® click here.
Reduce Your Footprint
Humans are consuming natural resources at an alarming rate. For the past couple of decades we have consumed more resources annually than the Earth can replenish. Today humans consume the equivalent of 1.5 planets’ worth of resources every year and, unless something changes, we are expected to consume 2 planets’ worth of resources by 2050!
If we don’t act now to reduce this unsustainable behavior, we will cripple the planet and threaten the living conditions of future generations.
For more information click here.
Eat less meat
This is a difficult one! Being South African, eating meat is part of our culture but did you know that the meat industry is responsible for approximately 20% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions? In fact, producing one calorie of meat requires nearly twenty times the amount of energy as one plant calorie!
With global meat consumption tripling over the last four decades, the meat industry now emits over 36 billion tons of greenhouse gases annually and is showing no signs of slowing down. If we want to make a real dent in the world’s carbon footprint and reduce our own personal footprint, we need to eat less meat.
You don't need to stop eating meat completely but try eating meat one less day of every week.
Example MEATLESS MONDAYS
Click here to learn more.
Stop Using Disposable Plastic
Currently about 300 million tons of plastic are produced each year to make bags, bottles, packages, and other commodities for people all over the world. Unfortunately, only about ten percent of this plastic is properly recycled and reused. The rest ends up as waste in landfills or as litter in our natural environment, where it leaches dangerous chemicals into the nearby soil and water, endangering humans and wildlife alike.
The problem has now grown completely out of control and threatens to affect millions of people and animals if we do not act soon. Join us in taking the pledge to switch to sustainable alternatives and reduce the amount of disposable plastic you use!
Be a part of Earth Day!
Earth Day Network - http://www.earthday.org/earthday/
United Nations Earth Day - http://www.un.org/en/events/motherearthday/index.shtml