First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day is observed in more than 192 countries with festivals, rallies and environmental activities. More than one billion people participate in Earth Day campaigns every year and it is the largest civic event in the world, celebrated simultaneously around the globe by people of all nationalities, faiths and backgrounds.
This year we are particularly impressed with NASA who are asking people to share pictures and video of their favourite places on Earth using social media – and tag them #NoPlaceLikeHome.
NASA explores lots of planets and there’s a lot to love. Scientists from around the world have now discovered more than 1,800 planets beyond our solar system. But so far, they haven’t found any that match the complexity of Earth. And it is this complexity that challenges Earth scientists as they seek to figure out how the whole planet works as a system.
Today NASA is sharing views of Earth – from their satellites, from their research aircraft, and even from their scientists themselves at work in the field. Look for NASA’s posts on Twitter, Vine, Instagram, Facebook and elsewhere. They’ll all be tagged #NoPlaceLikeHome.
You can take part. How?
Share with NASA and the world views of your corner of Earth – your favourite place, whether it’s a local park, your vacation spot or your garden. Their question to you is a simple one: What is your favourite place on Earth? Take the picture then post on any social media platform with the hashtag #NoPlaceLikeHome
You can also get on board now by using their #NoPlaceLikeHome emoji as your profile pic. Join the Facebook or Google+ events and invite your friends to participate. Pledge to spend one day celebrating the planet that over 7 billion people call home.
Why do we need to support Earth Day?
More than one billion people participate in Earth Day campaigns every year and it is the largest civic event in the world, celebrated simultaneously around the globe by people from all communities. Here are some top tips to help reduce climate change and global warming.
To help the environment and your health, try to go meat free for a few days. Around 18% of greenhouse gases are caused by livestock farming – the production of one beef steak emits more carbon dioxide than driving for one hour while leaving all the lights on in your home.
Over 30 million litres of water are boiled in Britain alone every day only to go cold again. You can save electricity and water by only filling up the kettle with the water you need.
Get on your bike
There are so many good reasons to get your bicycle out of the garage. The health benefits are such that if a mere one in 10 UK journeys was made by bike, the NHS would save £250m ($372m) a year, according to Cambridge University research. It save money on bus or train fares and reduces your carbon footprint.
Switch electrical appliances off
Appliances use electricity when they are in standby mode or even when they are switched off. A TV set that’s switched on for three hours a day and in standby mode during the remaining 21 hours uses about 40% of its energy in standby mode.
Recycling is an easy way to help the environment. You can keep your recycling bin next to the main bin so you can take out the rubbish and recycle at the same time, or you could make recycling part of your weekly supermarket trip and “drop when you shop” at supermarket recycling points.