Earth Day is April 22nd and is quickly approaching. This year’s theme is End Plastic Pollution. Plastic pollution is a serious problem that won’t go away on its own. It’s an ugly problem. We see it on our beaches and streets, and it clogs our waste streams and landfills. But it’s not just ugly, it’s poisonous. It poisons marine life, contaminates our water supplies, and impacts our health. We are dependent upon water for survival, and contaminated water disrupts human hormones and leads to disease. Plastics pollution is threatening the survival of our planet and all living things on it.
This Earth Day we challenge each and every one of our members to be a part of the solution. Be a part of Earth Day activities that are available in your city and surrounding areas. Check out these resources to learn more about events and activities for individuals, organizations, and schools. There are also awesome toolkits that you can download for FREE so that you can learn more and help others learn too!
5 things that you can do now to reduce the amount of plastics consumed are:
- Don’t use plastic straws, especially when eating out (buy glass/metal ones for home use)
- Use reusable grocery bags; Keep them in your car so you always have them available
- Use a reusable water/drink bottle; Fill it with tap water or water filtered through your fridge
- Use reusable glass containers for storing leftovers
- Buy non-perishables, i.e., cereal, pasta, baking goods, in bulk and transfer to glass jars for storage (glass has no harmful chemicals that can leach into your food)
There is no better time than now to attack this growing problem and become a leader, focusing on solutions that impact the places where you live, work, and play. This is our planet. And, this is our problem. This Earth Day, let’s all focus on doing our part to eliminate plastics pollution so that future generations won’t have to.