Earth Day 2022: Here are 6 ways to celebrate
At Procurify, compassion is one of our core values. We practice compassion in everything we do, whether it’s our customers, our team members, our community, or our planet.
Earth Day is a day to raise awareness and take action to protect our planet. It’s a day to reflect on how our everyday actions impact the environment and it’s a day to start building more sustainable habits.
Companies and individuals alike can do their part to protect the Earth and make it a better place to live for future generations.
Here are six ways you can celebrate Earth Day this year.
1. Go for a walk
Earth Day is on April 22, which means that spring is here, it’s nice outside, and trees and flowers are blossoming. So, if you want our advice, take a break and go outside for some fresh air.
Reduce your fossil fuel consumption by walking or cycling instead of driving. It’s good for the environment and good exercise.
2. Learn about global climate change goals
In 2015, 193 countries signed the Paris Agreement, which was the beginning of a shift towards net-zero emissions.
Tech companies from global multinationals, like Google and Amazon, to small startups, are also doing their part to achieve these global goals. They’re doing things like using more renewable energy, making products and packaging out of recycled or renewable materials, and committing to reducing waste and their carbon footprint.
But we don’t have to leave it just up to corporations to make a difference. You can do your part, too. There are so many resources, from free online courses to podcasts and documentaries, for you to learn about climate change and how you can make a difference.
Here are some things we’d recommend:
- The Breakdown series from Earthrise Studio (watch on YouTube)
- The Climate Question podcast from BBC World Service
- Before the Flood documentary from National Geographic (available to stream on Disney+)
- Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret documentary from Netflix
- Climate change courses on Coursera
These resources can teach you how you can make small changes in your personal life so you can reduce your own carbon footprint. Remember, all of our small, individual actions add up into something big!
3. Reduce, reuse, recycle
For most of us, the three Rs are a part of our daily lives. We reuse and recycle whatever we can and we try to reduce our energy and water consumption as much as possible.
Organizations are also doing their part to reduce their daily energy consumption and reuse old equipment. Did you know that throwing away perfectly functional electronics creates over 55 million tons of electronic waste every year? And electronic waste is notoriously difficult to safely dispose of. That’s why organizations are working to repair, reuse, or donate their old technology and equipment to extend its lifecycle and keep it out of the landfill.
Many tech companies are also allowing their teams to continue to work remotely, which helps reduce individual carbon footprints by not having to commute to the office.
When you’re doing your spring cleaning, see what you can recycle, reuse, or donate. Or, if you’re feeling crafty and creative, take some of your old things and see if you can repurpose them and turn them into something new!
4. Start composting
Did you know that organic waste, such as yard waste and food waste, makes up about 25–50 percent of all waste? Composting can significantly reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills and therefore reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions from decomposing organic materials.
Composting is easy. All you need is a container, preferably outside, with holes for airflow. You’ll also need “brown” materials like twigs, dried leaves, or cardboard to line the container, and some soil. Then you can start throwing your organic waste in the compost container and watch it decompose. And as an added bonus, once the waste has decomposed, you can use it again in your garden like fertilizer!
Alternatively, many municipalities across Canada have compost curbside pickup programs so you can put out your compost with your garbage and recycling every week.
5. Plant something
This Earth Day, give back to the earth by planting something. Plant seeds or flowers in your garden, start a vegetable garden, or even plant a tree. Plants and trees clean the air, provide oxygen, and reduce temperatures.
Plants are also a great way to liven up your home, and if you grow your own fruits and vegetables, you’ll always have fresh produce!
6. Join a community cleanup event
No matter where you are in Canada, many communities host community cleanup events around Earth Day. This could be something like picking up litter at your local park, removing plastic from streams and ponds, or sorting recycling from the trash.
In April, some of our Procurify team members volunteered at Fresh Roots, helping them with projects on one of their farms.
These events are a great way to get involved in your community and make it a cleaner place to live.
Earth Day may only come around once a year, but we should work together and take care of our planet every day. It’s our responsibility to leave the planet just a little bit better than how we found it.
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