Earth Day is an international event that occurs every year on 22nd April to raise awareness about environmental issues our earth faces. It started back in 1970 to provide a voice for emerging environmental consciousness and to highlight environmental concerns, and by 1990 it went global, mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries.
Earth day has since raised awareness for important issues affecting the earth every year and lead to Earth Day being widely recognised today in 2021 and reaching a billion people every year, it's now considered a day to change human behaviour and create global, national, and local changes. Earthday.Org’s mission is to "diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide".
You can join in the action on April 22nd as Earth Org will host its second live digital Earth Day which will start 12 pm EST time which is 5 pm here in the UK. The live event will feature workshops, panel discussions, and special performances.
How Earthday.Org are driving change
Earthday Org works in several countries around the world to create meaningful action for our planet across five different issues, these include:
- Climate Action
- Science & Education
- People & Communities
- Conservation & Restoration
- Plastic & Pollution
Earthday.Org is working to ensure that students all over the world are educated on the above issues so that we can have an informed and engaged younger generation.
To create this meaningful action, they work on several different campaigns to help achieve their goal, here is an example of some of their campaigns:
The Canopy Project
Earth Org set up The Canopy Project which aims to plant trees and reforest areas that are in need of rehabilitation as they have recognised that is one of the cheapest ways of taking CO2 out of the atmosphere which helps to overcome climate issues. You can read more about The Canopy Project and how you can help.
Foodprints For The Future
The Foodprints For The Future campaign was set up to fight climate change with diet change and highlight the different ways individuals and organisations can make an impact on their foodprints. A foodprint refers to the environmental impacts associated with the growing, producing, transporting, and storing of our food. Changing your diet can be difficult but there are several of different recipes to get you started on trying to make a change.
How can you help?
Earthday.Org runs several different events throughout the year which all help to contribute to making a difference to our earth, you can find an event near you or even register your own event. As well as joining events we have complied a list of other ways you can help.
One way you can help is by tackling waste, you can join in with the Great Global Cleanup by getting out to local beaches, parks and, open spaces. Whether you wish to do this on your own or whether you wish to get involved with a organised activity with groups of other people every change makes a big difference.
Reduce Plastic Pollution
A major issue is plastic pollution and there are ways in which you can help every day. Reduce, reuse, recycle are the major ways you can help with this issue but Earth Day Org also suggests there are more ways in which you can help; remove, refuse, and rally. Remove refers to picking up rubbish whenever you see it, refuse encourages you to say no to single-use items. Lastly, rally refers to making change by sending a letter or call your local leaders, urging them to ban single-use plastic items.
Plant Pollinator Plants
For pollinating insects such as bees to survive they require native plants, these can be planted in your garden. This is important in order for the species to reproduce.
There are a number or organisations across the world that are trying to make change, if you have some free time then why not volunteer and help make some change!
What about Regatta?
With plastic & pollution being one of the key elements Earth Day seeks to drive positive change on, we wanted to highlight some of the ways in which we’ve reduced our environmental impact.
Decades of experience goes into the making of our outdoor clothing, from conception to manufacturing, we aim for our products to be amongst some of the best around. Every step of the way, we aim to reduce our environmental impact as much as reasonably possible, with detailed plans laid out across our organization, as well as keeping up to date with the latest industry standards on sustainability and chemical testing with the EOG (European Outdoor Group).
Over the years we’ve already become PFOS and PFOA free, however over the last twelve month we’ve also celebrated the Regatta Great Outdoors range of apparel and clothing accessories becoming PFC free as of 2020. (PFC stands for Perfluorinated compounds, which are used in the process of waterproofing garments. They’re the chemicals that form the outer layer of protection for the fabric, so that water deflects and beads up when coming into contact with it.)
We’ve also recorded 0% office waste in landfill from our Head Office and warehouse site from June 2016 onwards, with 483 tonnes of paper and 5 tonnes of plastic recycled in 2015. Alongside this, all of our operating sites have recycle centres and we segregate waste streams ready for disposal.
You can read more about our commitment to the environment, as well as our responsible sourcing and social impact programs over on our Honesty Project Page.
Earth Day Discounts
Here at Regatta we are celebrating Earth day by giving you 20% off both our Sustainable clothing range and our Organic Cotton clothing range using code EARTHDAY20, this is valid from 22nd April through until midnight on 23rd April.