Happy World Earth Day!

ByNicole Burton

Happy World Earth Day!

In recognition of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we wanted to celebrate the impact we can all have in creating a meaningful and lasting change to the planet. Earth Day is a significant day on our calendar so we want to help to increase awareness about our planet and environment.

All over the world, we have an effect on the environment through all our actions or even by simply living as we do. We use electricity and water, use of transport such as cars, busses and airplanes to go to school or work. Even in the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean, the deepest point on earth, scientists found plastic bags and beer cans!  So remember  Reduce – Recycle – Reuse!

Pollution causes damage to our Planet

The damage pollution does to our planet visible can be best seen with coral reefs. Colourful corals will die if the oceans they live in are too warm or polluted. They are dying as the oceans warm up due to pollution in the sky, and therefore the atmosphere traps more sunlight on earth and heats also the ocean water.

 

 

Global Warming affects us all

Climate change with tropical storms such as hurricanes, cyclones and typhoons all get their power from the warm ocean. So, the warmer the ocean, the stronger the storms are and the more often they happen!

Icebergs are melting

More pollution causes higher temperatures. When temperatures get higher than normal, they cause more drought in already dry regions such as Africa and also cause the ice to melt in the Arctic and Antarctic. This causes increases in the ocean/sea level. Over 525 square feet (almost 50 square meters) of ice to melt every year!

 

6 ways to Reduce – Recycle – Reuse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are so many things you can do to help us all make a difference and help the environment and the whole of the World!

  1. One way to reduce is to reuse. Instead of using plastic bags, bring reusable bags and Tupperware when going shopping or packing food or leftovers.
  2. Shop responsibly. When going out, purchase items that are easy to recycle. Avoid items that are individually wrapped or in single servings. Buying in bulk helps to reduce waste.
  3. Composting is your friend. Create a compost bin and throw food scraps and various yard waste into your compost bin. You can use leaves and yard trimmings to supplement the compost.
  4. Start recycling. Did you know that you can save 9 cubic yards of landfill space by recycling only one ton of cardboard? Over 87% of citizens are able to have their recycling picked up curbside. Utilising bin removal and recycling services can help you to manage waste effectively.
  5. Go paperless. Most stores now offer digital versions of receipts, and you can also receive bills online or on your smart device rather than in the mail. The average person receives around 30 pounds of junk mail every year; reducing this junk mail can make a significant impact.
  6. Buy second-hand. Purchasw your clothing from second-hand stores will provide you high quality, low-cost clothing items that benefit both you and the environment.

🌎Happy World Earth Day x

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