Today the 45th Earth Day is being organized. An annual event whose goal is to get people thinking about consumer behaviour and its effect on our planet. This year is a special edition, because there is a lot at stake.
No less than 192 countries are participating in Earth Day. All over the world festivals, workshops, hikes, lectures, exhibitions, clean-up activities and markets are being held. In an easily accessible manner, environmental problems are spotlighted, but there is also room for social relations, development cooperation, consumption and over-population. The organization is in the hands of the Earth Day Network.
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Earth Day Network is a worldwide movement for a sustainable Earth. By means of public campaigns, educational programmes and political lobbying, the importance of the Earth as a stakeholder is emphasized. From tips to save energy in the home to pre-prepared protest letters to send to politicians. Earth Day Network has something for everyone. That is smart, because in this way, global problems are translated into everyday problems and practical actions. Who doesn’t want a lower energy bill?
‘The clock is ticking. We need to act now!’ Earth Day Network
Follow a good example. 5 sustainable tips that are good for you and for the Earth:
- Reduce your energy consumption. A water saving shower head, a smart energy meter and ‘standby killers’ to reduce sneak current: with small interventions you can save energy easily without sacrificing comfort.
- Buy locally. About 1/3 of all food worldwide is thrown away. To a large degree that is due to aesthetic demands (‘no crooked cucumbers’) and because supermarkets often deliberately buy too much stock. Reduce your ‘ecological footprint’ by buying your food at source as much as possible. You can buy your meat and vegetables by z growing number of farmers. That is good for the environment (less transport), good for yourself (less preservatives and pesticides) and good for your wallet (no middlemen).
- Stop using ‘disposable plastic’. We have said this before: plastic is dramatic for the planet. Luckily the first packaging free shops are a reality. If you do not live near one of these shops then start by simply taking a bag with you when you go to a shop of supermarket. It will also save you the cost of buying a new bag every time.
- Recycle e-waste. Tablets, smartphones, laptops and TVs: just some of the many electrical devices found in almost every household. After use this e-waste is often carelessly discarded. That is bad for the environment, because many electrical devices contain small concentrations of heavy metals. Opt for recycling or repair and re-use instead. In terms of costs: ‘Think before you buy’ always applies.
- Choose the sun. We are familiar with solar energy, but there is something new under the sun: the return on solar panels is now about 15%. That is due in part to the fact that only a limited amount of light is captured and turned into energy. But there is a ray of hope on the horizon, because three dimensional, cone-shaped and plastic solar panels are on the rise. The technology is developing rapidly and that inevitably means: more returns for lower costs. Yes: the future is looking bright.