"Green is the prime colour of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises"
- Pedro Calderon de la Barca
April 22 is officially Earth Day! Events are held world wide to celebrate our mother Earth in various fashions, with the main tenet being that we draw awareness to the impact we have on our environment. Earth Day marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. The concept of creating a day that is solely focussed on the environment was first proposed by Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, a U.S Senator from Wisconsin. Around this time, Nelson saw the impact that student-led anti-war movements were having on the political atmosphere at the time, and felt that the same sort of energy could be directed at increasing public awareness around preserving Earth's environment, and draw attention to Earth's growing issues around air and water pollution. By encouraging this movement, his hope was to influence government to be more proactive in addressing the concerns our Earth is encountering.
"More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. We work through a combination of education, public policy, and consumer campaigns."
It's the small changes by many that make big differences for our world.
Earth Day is meant to draw awareness of the environmental issues we're facing, but also goes on to suggest changes that can be made at both the individual and population level for fostering positive changes to lessen humanity's ecological footprint. Amongst these suggestions include reducing use of plastic bottles to reduce plastic pollution, planting a tree or donating to plant a tree, and reducing meat consumption.
The Yogalife Blog staff have looked through Earth Day's "Billion Acts of Green" list, and we're all pledging to follow some of these suggested changes. For me? I'm pledging to never purchase another plastic bottled beverage and make sure I always have my re-usable water bottle and coffee mug on me at all times. I've also made an individual effort to consume less meat than I currently do.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or comment on our various social media channels and let us know how you're celebrating and supporting Earth Day! We'd love to hear your suggestions on how to be more green.