Today, April 22, is Earth Day. It marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970, and is a time for appreciating the beauty of our Earth and how it supports us, but also, more importantly, how we have been destroying the planet and need to do all that we can to reverse this damage.
The Earth is 4.6 billion years old. Scaling to 46 years, humans have been here 4 hours, the industrial revolution began 1 minute ago, and in that time we’ve destroyed more than half the world’s forests.
Ways to help the Earth
- Eat less (or, preferably, no) animal products – approximately 4800 gallons of water are needed to produce 1kg of meat. Similarly, 1 gallon of milk uses 144 gallons of water. The animal agriculture industry causes deforestation (much of the Amazon is gone as a result), pollution, and emits a greater amount of greenhouse gases than our transport systems.
- Recycle and compost.
- Drive less – If you can stay off the road just two days a week, you’ll reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 1,590 pounds per year.
- Turn off lights when you’re not in the room and unplug appliances when you’re not using them.