As you know, my blog is typically about ergonomics, but, Earth Day is so important that I wanted to make a diversion from my usual topics to bring awareness to the “Pledge an Act, Save our Planet” project. That’s the motto from this year’s Earth Day organizers as they launched A Billion Acts of Green®. Earth Day 2011 will be celebrated on April 22, although many communities are in the midst of a week-long celebration.
Earth Day started over 40 years ago, and is going stronger than ever. It was created by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental “teach-in.” For 20 years it remained an American effort, until 1990 when organizer Denis Hayes took it global, and encouraged 141 nations to participate. In 2011 over 175 countries will be on board for Earth Day activities.
The theme for this year’s celebration is A Billion Acts of Green® – the largest environmental service campaign in the world. As the Earth Day Network web site explains, this enlists commitments small and large from individuals to schools to corporations to governments to quantify their acts of green through an easy-to-use online registration tool at the Earth Day Network.
The goal is to register one billion commitments in advance of the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 2012. Following is an example of some of the commitments already posted:
I Pledge To…
- Raise Awareness about Earth Day 2011
- Save Trees
- Use paper carefully and make other people do this sincerely
- Recycle aluminum and plastics in our school
- Help where I work to move toward greener technology
- Bike to school
- Liter pick up
- Teach another how to grow their own food
- Learn various ways to go green and create awareness by sharing it with others too
If you’re wondering what simple things you can do as an individual to celebrate Earth Day and to support our planet, consider these ideas that Disney employees have posted on their web site:
- Raising thermostats by two degrees in the summer and lowering them by two degrees in the winter.
- Using reusable shopping bags, utensils and drinking containers.
- Recycling anything and everything possible.
- Minimizing the use of pesticides and fertilizers.
- Reducing water use by installing low-flow shower heads and turning off the faucet while brushing teeth.
As you can see, helping the earth remain sustainable for all the living things that call it home, is actually an easy thing to do. In fact, my ergonomic pen is very earth friendly as you do not have to throw it away when the ink runs out. Get the ink refill pack and keep using your UGLee Pens for years to come!
Happy Earth Day! And remember to stop by the Earth Day web site and register your pledge.