22 Apr Earth day 2020
Today is Earth Day and 2020 marks 50 years of this environmental movement to drive transformative change for people and the planet. The first Earth Day in 1970 is credited with launching the modern environmental movement we see today and is now recognised as the planet’s largest civic event. What makes this day that much more amazing is the unified response to an environment in crisis – bringing people from all walks of life together with the shared goal of wanting to preserve our natural landscapes and resources.
The Canopy Project is one initiative that stands out from the many sprouted from the Earth Day movement. This particular project is a tree-planting drive that to-date, has planted over 500,000 trees in Haiti since the 2010 earthquake, and tens of millions of trees globally. We are all aware of the importance of trees and how they help to reverse the harmful impacts of human-error on our planet. To celebrate Earth Day’s big 50, The Canopy Project has set a goal to plant 7.8 billion trees — one tree for every person on earth!
The theme for Earth Day 2020 is climate action. Climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world habitable. The increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases and other human-caused emissions has resulted in global warming, which is the rise in the average temperature of the Earth’s climate system and its related effects. Unpredictable rainfall patterns, lower crop yields, water scarcity, soaring food prices and dwindling natural resources are already causing increased human migration, tension and conflict.
In this illustration below you will see a few of the many global warming consequences.
Not only does it affect the livelihoods of humans globally, but climate change is an added stress to already threatened habitats, ecosystems and species. Up to 50% of Africa’s total biodiversity is at risk due to reduced habitat and other human-induced pressures. This may be overwhelming, but there’s so much you can do as an individual to help protect and restore our planet. From joining a clean-up group, to partaking in a climate strike, or hosting an event in your own community!
Check out another one of our blogs where we have great ecotips for the entire family to get involved in and collectively reduce your carbon footprint: Fun eco-activities for families
Find an Earth Day event near you:
- #EARTHRISE strike led by a @fridaysforfuture organiser
Pinelands, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Visit www.fridaysforfuture.org for more information.
- Trafalgar Conservation event to Clean Trafalgar
Trafalgar Drive, Trafalgar, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Phone: +27 71 349 0718 │ Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit https://cleanup.earthday.org for more information.
- Pilannesberg Game Reserve is hosting a teach-in titled Save our Dying Planet Earth
Mogwase, North West, South Africa
Ticket price: 500.00 ZAR
Organiser: Ramoloi Maxalaba
Phone: +27 82 043 1924 │ Email: lefikaRFJ@webmail.co.za
For more Earth Day events or to register your own event as part of the Earth Day movement, visit the official website and check out their map with all their listings.
Earth Day has become a day for penance—picking up trash, turning off lights—and debating whether the environmental movement has lost its way. Let us not lose this mentality, everyone’s contribution does make a difference. Together, we can change the world and give hope to future generations about the wellbeing of our planet.