The first Earth Day was proposed at a United Nations conference in 1969, and it was celebrated for the first time the following year. Since then, Earth Day has been held on April 22. It is thought that more than a billion people celebrate the day annually around the globe, making it the single largest environmental event ever. Here’s what you need to know about this year’s Earth Day:
What is the theme for Earth Day 2018?
As the planet’s pollution problem worsens, changing the way we think about plastics has become more important than ever before. In 2018, the theme for Earth Day is “End Plastic Pollution,” and the goals include raising awareness of the hazard of plastics, encouraging everyone to take personal steps to reduce their own use of plastic products, and mobilizing citizens in all countries to demand that their governments take action to fight plastic pollution.
How does the car I drive affect the Earth?
The type of car you choose to drive has a tremendous impact on the world around you. If you’re in the market for a new or used vehicle, you can help contribute to a more sustainable future by purchasing an energy-efficient model. These use less gas and thus produce fewer emissions that pollute the atmosphere. Lighter vehicles with good fuel economy are great choices.
What are the most eco-friendly driving practices?
Service your vehicle regularly to ensure that you aren’t wasting fuel and that your car is operating as efficiently as possible. You can also conserve fuel by driving smoothly and steadily, rather than hitting the brakes hard or speeding up a lot. If you need to stop your car for more than a minute or two, turn off the engine. Going on a trip? Plan out your route ahead of time to avoid heavy traffic and roads that are under construction.
What else can I do to celebrate Earth Day?
There are numerous small steps you can take in your own life to help to preserve our planet’s natural environment. Instead of buying bottles of water every week, buy a reusable water bottle. Instead of bringing home plastic bags from the grocery store, bring your own cloth bags. Check your cleaning products before buying them to make sure they don’t contain dangerous chemicals.
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