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  • Writer's pictureLani Byrd

Earth Month 2023: Invest in Our Planet

Earth Day is an annual event that takes place on April 22nd to celebrate our planet and raise awareness about environmental issues. It was first celebrated in 1970, and since then, it has become a global movement that brings over 1 billion people together to protect our environment and create a sustainable future.

The theme for Earth Day 2023 is “Invest in Our Planet,” which focuses on engaging governments, institutions, businesses, and the more than 1 billion citizens who participate annually in Earth Day to do their part – everyone accounted for, everyone accountable. This theme reminds us that we all have a role to play in protecting our planet and that we can all make a difference through our daily actions.

There are many ways to celebrate Earth Day and show your support for the environment. Here are a few ideas:

  1. Plant a Tree: Trees are essential to our planet’s health, and they play a critical role in reducing carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere. Planting a tree is a simple but effective way to make a positive impact on the environment.

  2. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: The three R’s – Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle – are key principles of sustainability. By reducing our consumption, reusing what we have, and recycling what we can, we can reduce our environmental impact and create a more sustainable future. E-waste items such as unused or broken cell phones, laptops, and personal gaming devices can be securely data-erased and upcycled at organizations such as

  3. Go Green: There are many ways to go green, from using energy-efficient appliances and light bulbs to driving less and using public transportation. Small changes in our daily lives can make a big difference in reducing our carbon footprint and protecting our planet.

  4. Volunteer: Many organizations and groups hold Earth Day events and clean-up initiatives in their communities. Volunteering your time and resources is a great way to make a positive impact and connect with like-minded people.

  5. Educate Yourself and Others: Education is key to creating a more sustainable future. By learning about environmental issues and sharing what you know with others, you can raise awareness and inspire action.

Global e-waste grew by 21% between 2014 and 2019, a pace that will lead to a doubling of e-waste in just 16 years. The United States alone generated 6.92 million tons of e-waste, about 46 pounds per person in 2019. Only 15% of it was recycled.

The 911 Cell Phone Bank is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that is dedicated to making the world a safer and cleaner place. In 2021 alone, they processed over 300,000 pounds of cell phones, laptops, and other electronic devices and recycled over 13,000 pounds of electronic scraps.

Earth Day is a reminder that we all have a responsibility to protect our planet and create a more sustainable future. By taking small steps in our daily lives, we can make a positive impact on the environment and create a better world for future generations. So, let's celebrate Earth Day 2023 and make a commitment to restore our Earth!

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