Earth Day 2018
April 22nd 2018 - 48th Earth Day
The theme this year is dedicated to providing the information and inspiration needed to eventually end plastic pollution.
Where are we at in saving and protecting earth?
Let's face it, we all know we need to do so much more to preserve our beautiful mother earth. In Sydney, we experienced 37 degrees in April, a clear sign of global warming. Let me give you some more facts:
1. The plastic problem is even worse than we thought
It was reported that a six-ton sperm whale washed up on the shores of southern Spain with 64 pounds of plastic in its stomach, a grotesque sign of the alarming rate at which we’re dumping plastics into the ocean. A 2015 study found that between 4.8 and 12.7 million metric tons of plastic makes it into the ocean from land each year. By 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by weight.
2. Greenland's ice is melting faster than we realised
NOAA scientists reported late last year that the Arctic losing ice at its fastest rate in at least 1,500 years. We also saw a heat wave in the Arctic, in the middle of winter for the third year in a row. January saw the lowest extent of Arctic sea ice for the month on record. The sea ice maximum for the Arctic, which typically occurs in March, was at its second-lowest on record this year, bested only by 2017.
3. Expect more and more natural disasters
Researchers expect that torrential rain, massive storms, and expansive infernos will get worse as average temperatures continue to rise.
How do we do our part and reduce plastic footprint?
Here are some tips:
- Think twice every time you consider buying a disposable plastic item.
- Properly dispose plastic products and be careful not to toss plastic products near waterways, beaches or in open spaces.
- Don't buy products containing microbeads, which are plastic particles commonly found in exfoliating body washes and facial scrubs. Instead, purchase products that have natural exfoliates.
- Wash synthetic clothes less frequently to reduce the amount of microfibers that are released
- When possible, purchase clothing and other items made of natural fibers when possible
- Get involved in local legislation and regulation to reduce and recycle plastics. Make a pledge here
References: abc news; vox.com; earthday.org