How to Mark Earth Day 2020 While Social Distancing
Each year is full of special days created to promote awareness of and inspire action around global issues in great numbers. There are several of these in the calendar which aim to highlight environmental concerns, but arguably none has become more important than Earth Day.
What is Earth Day and when is it held?
Earth Day is an annual event which began in 1970 and brings people and organisations around the world together to address the biggest environmental challenges the planet faces. It takes place on April 22nd with thousands of events such as conferences, strikes, performances and activities designed to drive recognition of these issues and push for significant change from political leaders, businesses and the population at large.
It is usually a chance for organisations to showcase measures they’re taking to prevent further damage to the environment while thousands of groups will mobilise volunteers for mass clean-ups and to get behind their messages of green living.
At Re-Gen Waste, we work tirelessly throughout the year to do our part by transforming domestic and commercial waste in the UK and Ireland into energy and dramatically reducing the amount going to landfill. Our purpose-built factory in Newry processes waste from customers and councils to the highest standards, helping them meet their recycling needs and achieve waste to landfill targets.
While our mission of making the future cleaner continues 24 hours a day, every day, we strongly support events like Earth Day for provoking positive steps from people on every continent at once, so that their collective efforts can ring even louder and lead to wider breakthroughs. It’s the perfect opportunity to draw attention to the work that Re-Gen Waste does and how partnering with us for recycling and waste management is a move towards the solution.
How will COVID-19 affect Earth Day this year?
The coronavirus pandemic has had a profound effect on events around the world. Populations are being told to stay at home and refrain from gathering to prevent further spread and ease pressure on medical staff. Until COVID-19 is under greater control and the risk to public health is reduced most events won’t be taking place as originally intended. Sadly this means that the 50th anniversary of Earth Day this year, planned to be heavily themed around climate change, will have already had much of its programming cancelled or postponed.
However, some organisers including those behind Earth Day are cleverly adapting the content of their events to still go ahead in digital form, and using the day to focus on global conversations and remote learning through social media and video technologies.
This revamp of how the event is shaped has been dubbed EARTHRISE and people everywhere are now encouraged to be part of the joint push for a cleaner, healthier world by harnessing the power of communication. By using platforms like Twitter and Instagram and the hashtags #EarthDay2020 and #EARTHRISE, individuals and organisations can add their voices to the movement and inform their audiences.
Meanwhile every hour on its own social media networks, Earth Day itself will be sharing things that you can help to create change with practical ways to challenge existing politics and legislation, and even small adjustments you can make in your day to day life.
Outside of official activity, there are still things you can do offline if you want to make a practical contribution on Earth Day. While mass Clean Up events won’t be happening, you can still safely pick up or collect any litter you come across while out for exercise and bin it - just remember to make sure and wash your hands thoroughly, use gloves if possible and keep to current social distancing guidelines.
Re-Gen Waste continues to provide essential waste collection services while re-evaluating the impact of COVID-19 on a day-to-day basis so we can ensure the safety and wellbeing of our employees, their families and the wider community.