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It’s the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day

Earth Day 2020 50th Anniversary logo

The Earth Day website has this to say about this year’s theme:

The theme for Earth Day 2020 is climate action. The enormous challenge β€” but also the vast opportunities β€” of action on climate change have distinguished the issue as the most pressing topic for the 50th anniversary.

Climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world habitable.

Earth Day began in 1970, with 20 million Americans taking to the streets to protest against pollution.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was actually created as a result of this.

The Earth Day website has a Billion Acts of Green page, which shows some of the ways you can take climate action. After all, while talk is important, our planet desperately needs action. 

There’s also an interesting post on the effects of COVID-19 on our environment.

My income is low enough that this year I qualified to get a free energy-saving kit from my provincial electrical utility.  It arrived last week, and included a couple of faucet aerators, a low flow showerhead, and some assorted energy-saving goodies.

I would like to decrease my reliance on single-use plastic bags (although reusable bags aren’t permitted right now), but I haven’t come up with a suitable alternative to use as garbage bags.  Doing a full clean-out of the guinea pigs’ cages is a particularly garbage bag intensive undertaking.  There’s got to be a better way, but I haven’t figured out what it is yet.

What are you going to do for our planet to mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day?

39 thoughts on “It’s the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day”

  1. Wow nothing makes you realize the futility of progressive action like reading Earth Day is 50 years old and the environment has only gotten worse since its inception. Lmao.

    Joking. Mostly. πŸ˜‰

    1. Then again, perhaps the situation would have been even worse without it. And the world’s population has significantly increased since its inception.

  2. For over a year we don’t own a car anymore. We sometimes use the car of mother-in-law, maybe twice a month. I never owned a car but I am surprised how well we are managing the both of us without one. I don’t eat meat, for a very long time now, but now with the living-together-situation we practically don’t have meat in the house. I cook and that’s it πŸ™‚

    1. I have some of the low flow showerheads but it makes me use the shower longer to rinse my hair. So I’m not convinced on that point. Have you tried yours?

      1. Just this morning I tried to remove my old one, and either I’m not strong enough or the pliers I have aren’t a good fit for the job, bu I guess I’m sticking with my regular flow showerhead by default πŸ˜‰

        1. If you would manage one day or by a stroke of luck from the showerhead gods (you never know)… in mine there was a small black rubber circle that held the pressure low. I was so dissatisfied that I took that one out and I had a normal shower head. No need to waste what you’ve got!

    2. Some cities are better designed for being car-free than others. My current job wouldn’t be feasible without a car because the commute would take way tool ong.

      1. Commuting isn’t that easy here too but we manage till now. By car sometimes isn’t faster (here that is). But if everybody does his/her small bit, the planet would be happier. Corona seems to be good for the planet too πŸ™‚

          1. I was so guilty of being a frequent flyer 😞 but not anymore since I fell ill and now with corona. I will have to stay a long time at home when the doggie comes to learn him everything. I’ve got news that that will happen *probably* in May πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    3. My whole argument on the whole meat thing is the same thing about all foods. Foods we buy in the regular grocery store we don’t know where it came from, what is all in it and so on. That both meat and veggies are being produced at dangwrously high rates because of the high demand. I am not against eating meat, I am against slaughterhouses. Not saying going in the woods and shooting a deer is fair to the deer or that they don’t have a right to a life. BUT…it is much better than picking some meat up from your local butcher. For one you had to work for that deer and hence appreciate it more, especially if you took it’s life yourself. It is much healthier because you know exactly what you did to it etc. It also got to live free up until the day some person came by and had to shoot it, not like meat farms where they are caged up, packed in, some are abused/injured by accident (high demands means accidents) even in the cleanest and best slaughterhouses, and just exist for us to consume, that is the only purpose of their existence and no appreciation. It is why when I ate meat I NEVER threw meat out, ever….Because a life had to end for you to eat.

      I am now partly/mainly vegan who is still getting educated how to have a healthy diet. I have seen the healthiest vegans who seem to know what they were doing have health problems.

        1. Yes they do. πŸ™‚

          I use to live on a remote island where it was much more available to hunt, fish etc I miss it. Just the whole experience is so much more different than the city life we live in now, although working on getting a house in a more remote area, at least more away from the city. Lol

      1. I agree with you. I’ve got the same thoughts about meat and dairy. I hope that lab-grown meat will be available soon. That would be some kind of answer for me. But after years of not eating meat I don’t know if I could. I’ve tried the impossible burger once and it was just too weird for me πŸ€”πŸ˜Š

        1. I think lab grown meat would be weird too, but wish it was also available as an alternative. I have never tried the impossible burger. I might one day, but may think the same as you. Lol.

          The thing is right now there are so many other options or alternatives than dairy and meat. It isn’t easy or very convenient, but it can be done. I myself am thinking about getting in touch with a dietitian so I can have no fear being vegan. I honestly don’t see how people say it is more unhealthy as a person who just eats meat from any grocery store etc without question. Then again, people can be pretty stubborn and think their way is the only way.

  3. Happy Earth Day!! One thing we always do is reuse plastic grocery store and drugstore bags for Big Woof’s potty visits outdoors. And if we amass too many of the bags, there’s a recycling center for them right out front of the grocery store.

    That’s so cool that your utilities company gave you free stuff!! YAY!

      1. Hey, you’ll never believe this. My daily email trivia question was, “When was Earth Day first celebrated?” And thanks to your blog post, I got it right!! Woo hoo!!

  4. I have a really hard time discussing things like our environment because humans make me so angry. However, there is some hope. I noticed a lot of the younger generation seems honestly interested (and even more concerned) about our environment. Like they are actually outraged about what past generations have done and what envrionment we have left them with. It is really good to see because the youth will always shape the future. and that is all I am going to say on the matter because you do not want to know my opinion on humans. πŸ™‚

    Happy Earth Day!

    And remember even when there is no hope, we can help by just changing our own actions in everyday use of products, how often we drive our cars, and actions etc. It won’t save the world, but every little bit helps.

  5. In place of plastic garbage bags we use BIODEGRADABLE (not compostable) bags. It is β€œplasticized corn.” It is durable and we’ve been using them for at least 6 months. Never had one break. Supposedly they will break down in the landfill in a few years. They cost double what plastic does. It fits our values so we don’t mind the cost

    Our city delayed compost initiative due to pandemic. We have been putting out fruit/veggie scraps for years for our birds/squirrels/rabbits/chipmunks. Composting starts in June…

    We installed a pond for wildlife (there is a mating pair of mallards chilling there right now) in our yard and planted some native grasses and plants, such as Little Blue Stem

    We support Nature Conservancy and Cornell Lab of Ornithology

    We contribute to citizen science via ebird.com to help save birds

    We use programmable thermostat to let the house be cold at night in winter

    Older Child wants to go into wildlife conservation as a profession

    We write our legislators to protect Gray Wolves and bodies of water

    We circulate nature videos for conservation intent

    We keep our vertical blinds in such a way to deter birds collisions

    We think plants are living beings like animals and want them all treated well even those destined for food

    Wet love all natural ecosystems we have ever experienced. Love love love

    1. All very wonderful things! And good to know about the biodegradable bags. My city banned food waste in garbage several years back and started a weekly compost pickup.

  6. We are moving out of this rental in 3 weeks and into our tent, not because of earth day, but to save money until we can both start working again, but: that will cut down on garbage, water usage, electricity…..all kinds of things….will make for some crazy blog posts. Thankfully we already have incredible gear as we both love camping, so I consider us very lucky πŸ™‚

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