Earth Day is an annual event to create awareness of and appreciation for our natural environment. It marks the birth of the environmental movement in 1970. The world needs to change and action at all levels from individuals to businesses, national government and global organisations is needed.
It is all too easy to maintain the status quo and allow things to carry on as normal but increasingly people are recognising the threats not only to nature but to ourselves. Paper Tree has been a member of 1% for the Planet since 2013. 1% for the Planet represents a global network of businesses, individuals and environmental organizations tackling our planet’s most pressing environmental issues. We donate 1% of our sales to environmental organisations.
Donations have recently been made to the Marine Conservation Society who fight for a cleaner, better-protected, healthier ocean and the Yorkshire Dales Millenium Trust who are helping to look after the Dales landscape and are currently working to restore hay meadows which protect wildlife.
The Wild Isles series with David Attenborough underlined the importance of nature in the UK and how it has degraded so much in a generation. Over the last 50 years 97% of our wildflower meadows have disappeared and a quarter of our mammals are at risk of extinction.
The National Trust, World Wildlife Fund and RSPB commissioned a further documentary highlighting the people who are working to restore the natural world. There is further information on their website ‘Save Our Wild Isles’ where you can support their plan and take action for nature.
This weekend in London Extinction Rebellion are coming together with other organisations including Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, Patagonia and the Fairtrade Foundation to take action with talks, activities and marches. Whilst they have provoked controversy in the past, this will be a peaceful and non-confrontational event.
It can feel as an individual that there is not much that we can do but I hope that the above organisations can provide some inspiration as to how we can all contribute to a healthier planet and a better future for all life.