Earth Day should mean reflecting on the impact of our actions on the environment

The first Earth Day began as an environmental revolution 50 years ago on April 22, 1970. Then US Senator Gaylord Nelson organized it to push for environmental protection onto the national agenda. Today, we continue to embark on a massive education revolution to sustain our only home, Planet Earth.

On April 22, 2022, the world will once again celebrate Earth Day.

This year’s theme: “#InvestInOurPlanet” is aimed at accelerating solutions to address the impacts of climate change. But this can never be a one-man army thing. To achieve this, everyone must be involved – governments, citizens, businesses – and do their part.

Earth Day should mean reflecting on the impact of even our small actions to the environment as a whole. With this, Earth Day should be an everyday affair.

Ways to celebrate Earth Day

Celebrate Earth Day on April 22, 2022 and even every day by doing some of these small actions, which collectively, become great solutions:

  • Refuse single-use plastics. Pollution from single-use plastics accounts for over 50% of the plastics found in landfills while 18 billion pounds of plastic waste flow into our oceans from coastal regions every year;
  • Conserve water by turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth. You can water your lawns in the early morning or late at night to prevent evaporation;
  • Recycle all paper waste. Use both sides of printing paper prior to recycling it. Use email instead of paper and change your bills to e-billing.
  • Do not waste food. Meal preparation allows you to know the exact ingredients you will need. If you don’t cook, don’t buy loose ingredients. If you dine out, order only what you can consume.
  • Decrease your carbon footprint by taking public transportation or you may opt to ride a bike. Perhaps, you can walk when possible. Walking is good for the body and helps improve your health.

“Our everyday choices and actions have ripple effects to our environment. How we manage our wastes, how we consume water, how we refuse single-use plastics, how we minimize or eliminate food waste – all these and more are the things we decide upon on a daily basis. When collectively we choose to be mindful and be aware of the positive or negative effect our actions have on this Earth, only then can we either sustain and destroy our home,” said DENR 6 Regional Executive Director Livino Duran.

When we love this Planet Earth, it will sure to love us back many folds. This is our home and we have all the reasons to clean it up and sustain it as a safe place where we reside./DENR 6