Earth Day 2021 🌏: If you ask me what day I’m excited about, my answer would be 22 April every year. This year, I was fairly ecstatic about the 51st celebration of Earth Day – had lots of fun and felt fulfilled celebrating it! But what made me so excited about it, anyway?

Well, that’s because of the exposure and addressing of the environmental problems we face today. It gives Earth a platform to voice out its distress.

As a result, what measures should we do every Earth Day, not just in 2021 or one particular year? Should we address more climate change, or advocate fervently about environmental sustainability?

Let me pour in my thoughts and views about it.


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Now, let us continue with the blog on Earth Day 2021.

 

Earth Day 2021: what theme is it this year?

Last year, according to its official website, Earth Day’s theme was “climate action”. And, this Earth Day 2021 that occurred last April 22, the theme was “Restore our Earth”.

With this in mind, we see all sorts of people advocating for climate change solutions.

Let us see what happens from here on come Earth Day 2021. I think it is also important to learn Earth Day’s history and what-not, so let’s have a go at it!

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History

Earth Day first started on 22 April 1970. It became a forum addressing the current problems we face here on Earth, usually pertaining to pollution, climate change, global warming, etc.

It all started in the United States when air pollution was rampant. This is due to the fact that back then, automobiles were very inefficient. Additionally, factories and such were emitting out so much air contaminants, but Americans looked at it positively, thinking prosperity is what this meant.

This all changed in 1970, thanks to the efforts of US senator Gaylord Nelson. He came up with the idea of Earth Day, after all.

20 million Americans backed him up on this, taking to the streets and voicing out their disdain on the environmental problems they faced at that time. And that moment inspired other countries to do the same.

Fast forward to today, and we have more than 190 countries participating – about a billion fighting for our environment!

 

How can we help on Earth Day 2021?

I, being a concerned citizen and all, want to share with you some ways on how we can help in Earth Day 2021. After all, small actions result in much bigger ones if done with passion!

 

1. Do not use plastic straws

metal straw

This Earth Day 2021, one thing you could do is avoid, or at least minimise, using plastic straws. Try to find alternatives for it, e.g., metal straws, bamboo straws, or better yet, go strawless! Read our blog on plastic straws.

 

2. Try to plant a tree

tree planting for earth day 2020

If you’re listening to your science classes, you would definitely know how important trees are. They provide us with shade, oxygen, and all kinds of resources. Unfortunately, deforestation has now become rampant all across the globe. To counter this and help in the advocacy of Earth Day 2021, we could try to plant at least one tree. Imagine numerous people planting at least one tree… That would be great, right?

 

3. Go paperless

paperless office

By now, I know many of us have already been accustomed to using the computer. Another way to promote Earth Day 2021 is to lessen the need for paper in an office, considering that many of us work in offices. Use e-mails instead of paper in sending documents whenever possible. Check out our blog on the paperless office for more information.

 

4. Divert organic waste from landfill

organic waste composting for earth day 2020

Another way to help in Earth Day 2021 is by diverting compostable, organic waste from landfill. Compost them in your garden, if possible – or send them to recyclers. That would be a win-win situation: Organic waste does not rot in a landfill, and you make your enrich your garden’s soil! Why is it bad to put organic waste in a landfill? Well, that is because when it decomposes there, it releases methane, a greenhouse gas.

 

5. Donate your old but still usable items

Instead of disposing of your still-usable items in the trash bin, why not donate them to the needy instead? For example, your used clothes can still be used by other people, so donating them to charity or organisations would be a good option. Other examples of donatable items include mattresses, food, toys, etc.

 

6. Volunteer cleaning up the environment

street sweeping

One more way of helping on Earth Day 2021 is to volunteer in cleaning the environment. If you have spare time, why not use it in cleaning the environment? Join a Clean Up Australia movement! Many people here in Australia would surely appreciate it, by all means.

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Other ways to celebrate Earth Day 2021 in Australia

In this section of the blog, we will share with you other ways Aussies can celebrate Earth Day.

 

Remove the use of plastic altogether

We have already talked about removing plastic straws in our lives to help the Earth. However, a much better solution would be to not use single-use plastics at all. There are plenty of alternatives to plastics such as reusable ones. One example gaining more popularity nowadays are bamboo products. Not only are they eco-friendly, but they are also quite sustainable.

 

If possible, reduce your intake of meat

Now, this might sound funny to you, but reducing your meat intake can have a positive impact on the environment. Benefits of cutting down on meat include reduced greenhouse emissions and water use. Climate change is a real problem and cutting down on meat intake might help in the fight against it.

 

Earth Day 2021: conclusion

Before wrapping up our blog on Earth Day 2021, let me first state what I have concluded while writing this. The one thing I want to see happen is for people to treat every day as Earth Day.

In the first place, there shouldn’t even be an Earth Day. But don’t get me wrong, I love me some Earth Day myself, but isn’t it better if we treat every day like Earth Day?

In saying this, I hope you enjoyed celebrating Earth Day 2021 and making a difference!

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