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Monday, April 5, 2021

Restoring Earth for 2021: Locally & Globally

Earth and our efforts to conserve it are far too important to be observed on just one day. We consider all of April, Earth Month, a time to renew our focus on preserving, caring for, and honoring our planet. Earth Day’s importance has become more critical beyond one day. With a wealth of valuable information online surrounding the day, exploring its meaning, impact, and ways to get involved, we wanted to include several links here to guide your reading for Earth Day 2021 on April 22.

The theme of this year’s Earth Day is ‘Restore Our Earth’. The idea behind this theme puts trust and focus on emerging green technologies and relying on natural processes that work towards restoring our world’s ecosystems. It is through investing in nature-based solutions that we will be able to reverse the current heavy-carbon industrial trends and ensure our, and our planet’s safety. Using the verb ‘Restore’ to describe our actions rejects the idea that our only options in addressing climate change lie within adaptation or mitigation; by working together we can restore Earth’s climate, habitats, and beyond.

There have always been rallying cries about climate change and nature preservation on Earth Day, but 2021 looks to be an especially engaging, promising, and impactful event.

Scheduled for the week of Earth Day, Education International, Hip Hop Caucus, and Earth Uprising have organized three separate parallel climate action summits. These summits focus on environmental justice, climate literacy, and a variety of youth-led and climate-focused issues. Additionally, the Biden Administration has organized a Leaders Summit on Climate, scheduled on Earth Day.

For More information about Earth Day 2021, see:

https://www.earthday.org/press-release/earthday-org-and-global-partners-unite-for-three-parallel-climate-summits-2/

Read more about the Biden Administrations summit here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/03/26/president-biden-invites-40-world-leaders-to-leaders-summit-on-climate/ 

Whether you’re planning to tune in to watch influential leaders speak about our planet and Earth Day 2021, it’s also important we all do our part in our local communities. Below are just a few ideas to consider when looking to contribute during Earth Month.

Some fun ways to celebrate throughout the month include:

  • Walk & Clean: Take some time to get outside and enjoy nature, while also helping the planet. Walk the neighborhood or have a stroll through the park and collect any litter you see. Walking with a friend? Make it a challenge to see who can collect the most!
  • Don’t Trash, Recycle: Find a new home for your unwanted clothes, old toys and the like by hosting a neighborhood clothing or toy swap. Reduce waste by finding your unwanted stuff a new home, instead of throwing away old items that would just end up in landfills.
  • Nature & Nurture: Invite friends for some outdoor yoga and enjoy a little fresh air while you connect with yourself and nature. Follow those downward dogs with a little digging in the dirt by planting trees and flowers to keep our planet pretty while restoring local habitats. Get creative and host your own unique outdoor event!

If you’re looking for even more ideas and inspiration for Earth Day and to make a difference every day, see this list from EarthDay.org: https://www.earthday.org/earth-day-tips/

However you observe Earth Day or Earth Month - find the right way for you to make a difference and take time to enjoy nature.


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