Earth Day

Earth Day 2021 – Small Changes, Big Outcomes

If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that climate initiatives can be put into action. Covid-19 had fewer cars on the road, less production, and ultimately less pollution. We can keep this initiate going, even as the world returns to normal, and Earth Day 2021 is here to celebrate that. Sure, we don’t need to quit going out, driving places, and the like. Rather Earth Day is about education and small changes we can make today that can warrant big outcomes on our planet down the road.

What is Planned for Earth Day 2021?

Earth Day is on April 22nd and the official Earth Day page has much planned for the occasion and days leading up to this big day. A three-day climate change event from the organizers will start with a youth global climate summit that will host panels and speeches from today’s youth activists. In the evening, a group called the Hip Hop Caucus will discuss how climate change is affected by the social choices we make.

On April 21st, the group Education International will host a global education summit. The summit will aim to teach kids the importance of keeping the planet safe. Lastly, on April 22nd, a second live digital event will occur with diverse climate activists and innovators. Panels will cover topics like environmental literacy, reforestation efforts, equity and environmental justice, and more. Tune in to any of these events leading up to Earth Day.

Here on the Suncoast, several events are planned. Hernando County’s Earth Day Virtual Clean-up, where you can help clean up close to home, but as a community virtually. The Kid’s Plant Club of Riverview will be doing an Earth Day LadyBug Release Party and there is Deep Root Yoga in Tampa. These are just a few ways that communities here in our beautiful state bring awareness of the little changes you can make to celebrate a global day such as this. Remember though Earth Day brings awareness from all areas on this one big day. The real impact is when changes are made every day and we stick with it that truly matters.

How Can I Participate?

Join one of the virtual events leading up to and on Earth Day. Educating yourself on global warming is one of the best things you can do to begin making change. Also, try doing one of these challenges to help make the earth a little greener:

  1. Turn off all lights and unplug all electronics in your home an hour before you go to bed.
  2. Build or buy a compost bucket to start using.
  3. See if you can complete your entire shower routine in 5 minutes.
  4. Bike or walk somewhere close that you’d normally drive to.
  5. Bring a reusable cup to your coffee shop (if they allow it, some don’t because of the pandemic).
  6. Take the stairs over the elevator.
  7. Calculate your carbon footprint here.  

This past year has shown us how we can overcome anything together. Now, the earth needs our help to overcome pollution and climate change. Do your part by making a small change on Earth Day that could make a large impact on the earth and future generations.

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