April 22, 2020 is the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, a time to appreciate all that nature provides for us and consider how we can best protect our planet. This year, as the world responds to the global COVID-19 pandemic, our thoughts are with everyone impacted by this crisis, and our gratitude goes out to those working to provide essential services for our health and well-being.
As we seek to make sense of this situation and mitigate risk of future health crises, Earth Day comes as a profound reminder that human and planetary health are intrinsically linked. Habitat conversion and deforestation, carbon emissions, water pollution, illegal wildlife trade, and other threats to our natural world increase the risks of health issues – everything from common ailments like asthma to worldwide pandemics.
As we mark the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day while responding to this crisis, it’s imperative to take measures to protect our planet and safeguard human health. The threats to nature and wildlife are substantial, but we can and will meet them. While WWF and other organizations work with businesses and governments to implement large-scale solutions, we can’t effect change without the action of individuals.
Everyday actions can help ensure that nature is able to fulfill its critical role. This means conserving water and energy, choosing sustainable products, minimizing waste, and eliminating plastic pollution. It also means promoting renewable energy, advancing climate policy, choosing green energy options, and reducing personal CO2 emissions.
These actions may seem small, but you won’t be the only one taking them. With enough of us together we can start a wave of meaningful change. In these times of uncertainty when many feel powerless to help, taking control of your own impact is one concrete way to make a difference.
Please join us in giving back to our planet this Earth Day, so that when we look back over the next 50 years we can be proud of the work we have done to restore our ecosystems, build resilience, and improve outcomes for both people and nature.
Below are just some of the actions you take for the planet. Find the full list here: