Millions of people all over the world are celebrating Earth Day 2018 on Sunday, April 22 by taking a stand against the surge of plastic that we are making, using and discarding at alarming rates.
Last year, environmentalists focused their attention on Earth Day on rallying support for the March for Science on the National Mall in Washington, DC — an event that turned out more than a million activists. This year the focus is on what each of us can do as individuals to reduce our consumption of plastic.
Here is what you need to know to show your true (green) colors and get involved in Earth Day 2018 and protecting the planet every day…
- Use Earth Day Network’s Plastic Pollution Calculator to figure out how much plastic you actually buy and use — and then make a plan to reduce it. You can print your pledge, email your friends and share a link the calculator in social media!
- Find an Earth Day Event near you! Attend an EPA Earth Day Celebration in Colorado, Missouri or Texas. Join a beach clean-up contingent in the Bay Area of Northern California . Clean up an island in Boston Harbor. Attend the One Earth Film Festival in Chicago. Go to the Great Cloth Diaper Change in Phoenix. Bring your kids and get inspired about the future at the Youth Creative Arts Earth Day Celebration in Miami. (If you know of other events, please post them below in the comments section…).
- Pick a park, beach, or roadside that you can visit to clean-up on Earth Day, and commit to re-visiting it periodically throughout the rest of the year with a trash bag in tow. All it takes is one person with a positive attitude to make the world a better place.
Another way you can make a difference is by supporting our efforts to help educate millions of people who wouldn’t otherwise be seeking information on how to live greener or reduce their carbon footprints. The mission of EarthTalk, a 501(c)3 non-profit, is to leverage the power of the media to “preach beyond the choir” on issues of environment and sustainability. By getting our environmental Q&A column and other content in front of millions of “red state” readers every week, we are changing minds about the need to take action to prevent climate change, protect wildlife, nurture our land and soils and conserve marine ecosystems. Please make a tax-deductible donation to EarthTalk today to ensure a greener tomorrow.