In 1970, horrified by the environmental effects of oil spills, pollution, wildlife loss and more, 20 million Americans organized on April 22—Earth Day—and demanded action.
Today, the need to protect the Earth is no less urgent. The planet is warming at an unprecedented rate. Plastics are choking our oceans (If trends continue, by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the sea.). We are losing species faster than ever.
To be honest, sometimes it can feel overwhelming. So today we are sharing immediate, everyday actions you can take to make change. By combining individual choices—including reducing meat eating, shopping locally, driving less and generating less waste—with systemic changes—such as voting for leaders at the local and national levels who will protect the environment, supporting the Green New Deal and encouraging your workplace to go green—we can work to turn these trends around and keep our planet healthy. It’s the only one we’ve got, after all.
Here’s a short list of everyday ways you can help protect our planet: