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Celebrate Earth Day – April 22, 2017

by kelly / April, 19 2017 01:30

Photo of a hand holding a mini earth globe with a backdrop of mountains

The earth is pretty amazing. It sustains billions of people, animals, plants and so much more. I know that’s sappy but I think it’s a beautiful thing. This Saturday, April 22nd, is Earth Day. To help celebrate, we’re having a sale - use code EDAY17 for 20% off storewide.

Of course I think the earth deserves more than one day but it’s a great way to remind us about the importance of our environment. Here’s more about this day, the 2017 theme and how you can protect our earth,

Earth Day – Celebrated Globally

Earth Day is an annual worldwide event held globally to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It’s great that it’s such a worldwide phenomenon.

The first Earth Day was in April of 1970 and was started by Senator Gaylord Nelson. Back in 1970 there was no Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Clean Air Act or Clean Water Act. So Senator Nelson created Earth Day to force environmental protection onto the national agenda. In 1970, 20 million Americans demonstrated across the nation as a show of support. As a result the EPA was created in December 1970 to tackle environmental issues. Pretty cool history lesson!

Today more than 193 countries celebrate Earth Day in an effort coordinated by the Earth Day Network. We’ve definitely come a long way.

Theme for 2017 – Environment & Climate Literacy

This year’s Earth Day theme is environmental & climate literacy. Here is the Earth Day Network’s official statement:

“Education is the foundation for progress. We need to build a global citizenry fluent in the concepts of climate change and aware of its unprecedented threat to our planet. We need to empower everyone with the knowledge to inspire action in defense of environmental protection.”

I can certainly get behind education. It’s a fundamental pillar of our mission at Block Island Organics – to educate consumers about suncare.

The 2017 theme builds into 2020 when the goal is to ensure that every high school student around the world graduates as an environmental and climate literate citizen, is ready to take action and can be a voice for change. That’s definitely a formidable goal!

In the coming months the Earth Day Network will be releasing research on the status of environmental literacy in the US and partnering with government organizations, non-profits and businesses in their campaign. So stay tuned and informed by following them – @EarthDayNetwork – on Facebook and Twitter.

Get Involved – Activities For Everyone

If you are inspired and want to participate in Earth Day and environmental & climate literacy, there are a number of ways you can get involved right now.

Get involved via the Earth Day Network

  • March for Science on April 22nd in Washington DC at the National Mall – you can attend, volunteer or donate
  • Tool kits for individuals, communities and schools to participate in environmental & climate literacy
  • Information on different campaigns around the world run by the network
  • Green action plans where you can create, volunteer or donate to green acts

Volunteer and find information for Earth Day via the EPA

More Education Resources

As I mentioned above, education is so important to us. We love sharing information and resources to help you lead a healthier life and be more informed consumers. So be sure to check out our Suncare Smarts, Education and Healthy Living series.

Also, don’t forget our Earth Day Sale! EDAY17 saves you 20% through April 23rd, 2017 (*please note codes is not combinable with other codes).

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