Today is the 43rd Earth Day. An annual event intended to promote awareness of environmental issues such as climate change.
Over 1 billion people in 192 countries are estimated to be taking part in events. You can follow some of these events on Twitter using the hastag #EarthDay. Here in London, for example, some of the city’s most iconic buildings from the London Eye and the Oxo Tower to Westminster Abbey and the Gherkin are all turning their lights off for WWF’s Earth hour (8:30-9:30pm GMT). You can watch Earth hour live or follow on Twitter #doitinthedark
While some of these events are short-term, aiming to highlight the effect overconsumption can have on earth’s resources and climate, Earth Day is also a good time to re-evaluate our lifestyles for the longer term.
What we eat and how our food is produced has a massive impact on natural resources. Agriculture contributes around 30% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Danielle Nierenberg of Food Tank lays out 13 ways we can help to protect the planet and mitigate climate change through our eating habits.
And climate change is the main focus of this year’s Earth Day. With their campaign, The Faces of Climate Change, the Earth Day Network is hoping to give a human face to this growing global challenge. Thousands of photos from a farmer in Kansas to a fisherman in Niger to a woman in Bangladesh to a polar bear in the Arctic, illustrate the detrimental effects of climate change that are already happening. But it’s not all doom and gloom. The interactive digital display of images, which will be shown at thousands of events around the world, also includes the faces of those champions who are playing their part in fighting climate change.
We’d love to hear from you about any events you participated in or resolutions you made this Earth Day.