Earth Day 2024: Planet vs Plastics

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Earth Day, a tradition that began in the United States in 1970, is now marked around the globe. “Earth Day is a global event which aims to highlight the importance of protecting the environment. It takes place every year on 22 April,” writes BBC News.

It was set up in 1970 by Gaylord Nelson, a US senator and environmentalist, and Denis Hayes, a graduate student at Harvard University. Both had growing concerns about environmental damage in the US, such as that caused by a large oil spill in 1969 in Santa Barbara, California. They came up with Earth Day as a way to engage the public and push green issues to the national agenda.

– BBC News

Earth Day, an advocacy organization is calling for climate change advocates and volunteers to dedicate the day with a Planet vs Plastics theme for widespread awareness on the health risk of plastics, quickly phase out all single use plastics, and urgently push for a strong UN Treaty on Plastic Pollution.

For Earth Day 2024 on April 22nd, EARTHDAY.ORG is unwavering in our commitment to end plastics for the sake of human and planetary health, demanding a 60% reduction in the production of ALL plastics by 2040.

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Hannah Ritchie, a senior researcher at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom who studies sustainability in relation to climate change, told USA Today, “People assume that in the 50 years since the first Earth Day we’ve made no progress. That we’re in a worse position now than we were in the 1970s, that there’s no point to environmental action”.

Al Gore, former US Vice-President, told USA Today, “If you had said years ago (that) in the year 2023, 80% of all the new electricity generation installed worldwide is going to be solar and wind, I would have said ‘Wow. That’s great!’ But that’s what happened last year. If somebody had said 20% of all new vehicles sold worldwide would be electric vehicles, wow that’s incredible as well.”

Our family celebrated the day by removing some plastic from our yard and planting summer flowers in our flower beds.

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