Earth Day 2016

Hey guys! Today is Earth Day, so I thought it’d be a perfect time to talk to you about what it’s all about, and what you can do to help!

The inspiration behind holding an annual ‘Earth Day’ is for the movement to provide a voice to an emerging consciousness, channelling human energy toward environmental issues. To inspire us to take control, and be more aware of the repercussions of our action, and think about the well-being of our planet. This year is the 46th Earth Day, and in the run up to the 50th, the people behind Earth Day have put forward a series of ‘bold initiatives’ which they aim for us to complete in time for this momentous anniversary.

These initiatives aim to “encourage people to take action in their local communities and cities to carry our message and movement forward. The first of these four initiatives is also the theme for Earth Day 2016 — Trees for the Earth. Help us reach our goal of planting 7.8 billion trees by 2020. Let’s start with 4-5 trees in your backyard or place of business and build from there.” This particular bold initiative really reflects how the power is in our own hands – individually we can each perform one act, that can really make an impact and a difference.

So today I hope you guys had some time to reflect on just how fortunate we are, to have a planet that so perfectly sustains us. But also, realise that we have an element of responsibility when it comes to our planet. Every single day, billions of us are doing things that are incredibly harmful to our environment, and if we don’t do something about it today, we’re not guaranteeing a safe environment for future generations.

We are all highly aware of the fact that we are polluting our air by releasing both direct and non-direct greenhouse gases, and therefore damaging the ozone layer of our planet. We have done a lot to combat and reduce the majority of that, but statistics show that urban background pollution has actually been increasing, and is currently at its highest point since records began.

The onus is on us, to make change now.

It might sometimes seem like all of this talk is repetitive, and unnecessary, but the fact is that unless we look after our planet, it’s not going to be able to sustain us. We’ve already seen changes and mutations in animals and plants as a result of our carelessness when it comes to taking care of our surroundings, but we don’t tend to make major changes unless it directly affects us, be it through our lifestyles, or our food.

It’s clichéd to say, but we need to make alterations now, while we can.

Thank you so much for reading this post, I hope it inspired at least one of you guys to be proactive and make a change in your life. If we all did that, we’d make an incredible difference.

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