Fair Trade & Climate Change
Earth Day is an annual event celebrated worldwide on April 22, to demonstrate support for environmental protection, stop plastic pollution, to protect endangered species, and to broaden, educate, and activate the environmental movement. First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day now includes events in more than 193 countries, which are now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network
What can you do?
- Reduce your carbon footprint and take our Carbon Footprint Quiz.
- Use environmentally-friendly, non-toxic cleaning products.
- Replace inefficient incandescent light bulbs with efficient CFLs or LEDs.
- Stop using disposable plastics, especially single-use plastics like bottles, bags and straws.
- Recycle paper, plastic and glass.
- Donate your old clothes and home goods instead of throwing them out. When you need something, consider buying used items.
- Use cloth towels instead of paper ones.
- Set your office printer to print two-sided.
- Use reusable bottles for water, and reusable mugs for coffee.
- Bring reusable bags when you shop.
- Buy local food to reduce the distance from farm to fork. Buy straight from the farm, frequent your local farmers’ market, or join a local food co-op.
- Buy organic food to keep your body and the environment free of toxic pesticides. Support farmers and companies who use organic ingredients.
- Turn off and unplug electronics you’re not using. This includes turning off your computer at night.
- Turn off lights when you leave a room.
- Move your heater thermostat down two degrees in winter and up two degrees in the summer to reduce your carbon footprint by 2,000 pounds.
- Lower the temperature on your water heater.
- Take a shorter shower and use a water-saving shower head.