Aiming for 66 million acts of green

Aiming for 66 million acts of green

April 18, 2019

 

“In nature, nothing exists alone.” - Rachel Carson, 1962

 

Next Monday, on the 22nd of April, 2019 we celebrate Earth Day! Nearly half a century old, the Earth Day Network connects over 193 countries across the globe in an annual celebration of our incredible planet! Part of a wider movement to tackle declining biodiversity and mass extinction, this years’ Earth Day theme is ‘Protect Our Species’, uniting communities across the world to make a positive change towards protecting those we share the planet with and improving the staggering current wave of extinction.

 

If this is the first you’ve heard of Earth Day, let’s fill you in! Here’s what the network and President Kathleen Rogers has to say about it: “It is a day of political action and civic participation. People march, sign petitions, meet with their elected officials, plant trees, clean up their towns and roads. Corporations and governments use it to make pledges and announce sustainability measures. Faith leaders, including Pope Francis, connect Earth Day with protecting God’s greatest creations, humans, biodiversity and the planet that we all live on.”

 

So, as our Environmental Leadership UpRisers across the country are kickstarting the delivery of their social action campaigns, we’d like to support Earth Day in encouraging you to be the change and commit to your own ‘act of green’!

 

At the time of writing, there are 66 million people living in the UK. That’s 66 MILLION!! Just image the impact if we all committed to just one extra act of green this earth day.

 

And it’s SO easy to be kinder to the environment, to be more eco-friendly and more careful with our world, with our consumption, our choices and our actions. And Rachel Carson was so right - in nature, on our planet, nothing exists alone. We are all part of something bigger, a small link in an infinite chain. Yes, each action has a consequence, but it also has the potential to impact, each link has the potential to make a ripple, and with enough momentum, that ripple can make a wave.

 

Need a bit more inspiration?! Why not take a browse through some of the fantastic environmental campaigns that have been developed and delivered across the UK by passionate 19-25 year olds through UpRising’s Environmental Leadership Programme. What’s more, current UpRisers across the country are pitching their ideas for grassroots environmental campaigns this month at Dragons’ Den events in cities including London, Manchester, Cardiff and Birmingham!

With the Network’s goals including to educate about extinction rates; tackle policy; and prompt action, there are so many ways you can get involved and do your bit to Protect our Species this Earth Day, and with a whole library of resources provided by the Earth Day Network, it couldn’t be easier to join the movement and support Earth Day’s 2019 campaign.

Want to be involved but don’t want to be in it alone? You won’t be! Activities are taking place across the planet and in your local area with groups of people sharing their efforts on Twitter, so if you have tonnes of passion but aren’t sure where to start, why not head over to @EarthDayNetwork and have a look what others in your area are up to.

Just image the wave of green goodness if each of our 66 million in the UK committed to just one extra act of green this Monday. To stop using single use water bottle, to take part in a beach clean, to eat less animal products, to make our gardens more wildlife friendly - the possibilities are endless!

 

We at UpRising wish you an inspiring and happy Earth Day on Monday! We hope you find some green fingered fun and join the network in building a brighter future for our planet. But whilst we commemorate 2019’s Earth Day this year, let’s also look forward to 2020 and Earth Day’s 50th anniversary! Let’s make this next year count! Let’s celebrate our natural world on Monday 22nd April to inspire MORE. More environmental consciousness, more activism, more speaking up for the planet.