Margaret Mead once said to never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world as indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. The planet we inhabit has been here long before us and yet we actively work towards destroying it. Humans are innovative creatures by design but when that eagerness to progress comes at the expense of our planet, we have to stop and rethink the way we’re heading. This is why each year is marked by the celebration of Earth Day.
What Is Earth Day?
Earth Day is a globally recognized annual event in which we celebrate our wonderful blue planet. Each year on the 22nd of April, countries around the world pledge to raise awareness and take action – drawing attention to climate change and our role in conservation and sustainability.
The first Earth Day took place in 1970 after an emerging outcry at the consequences of pollution on human health. In the US, massive oil leaks and air pollution stirred up a rally of people. The junior senator from Wisconsin, Senator Gaylord Nelson, was inspired by the student anti-war movement and worked to infuse the same energy into public consciousness about air and water pollution.
In 1990, Earth Day became a global event with 200 million people in 141 countries in support of the campaign. The event paved the way for numerous legislature and environmental movements around the world. President Bill Clinton later awarded Senator Nelson the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his role as Earth Day founder.
This year marks the 53rd Earth Day event in history and the campaign for a better planet is stronger than ever. Billions of people worldwide in over 190 different countries join together to create initiatives and events that will raise awareness, encourage action, and reduce environmental impact.
Understanding the Significance of Earth Day
While most people might question the reason for Earth Day the same way they question Mother’s Day – because every day should be Mother’s Day – it’s important to not lose sight of the importance of bookmarking special events like this. The earth is our shared responsibility and in the humdrum of daily life, we can falter and sometimes forget about paying attention to it – the same way you might forget to call your mother every week.
Earth Day is a globally recognized symbol that forces people to stop and reconsider their roles in creating a better or worse environment. As mentioned already, Earth Day has directly influenced policy change and legislature that protects our planet. In the US, these included:
- The Clean Air Act
- The Water Quality Improvement Act
- The Endangered Species Act
- The Toxic Substances Control Act
- The Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act
Apart from that, Earth Day has massive implications on a global scale. Some of the influences of Earth Day include:
Naturally, Earth Day is a global moment to educate the public about climate change and environmental issues. Events held on Earth Day encourage people to find out more about our impact on the planet and how we can help to reduce it. In a lot of countries, people have a limited understanding of environmental issues and there are still percentages of climate change deniers out there. Earth Day represents a time to spread awareness and open up a conversation about the planet.
Uniting People Globally
As a global event, Earth Day can bring people together from all walks of life. This event helps to consolidate our differences and reminds us that we are all in this fight toward a common goal for our shared planet.
The general idea of Earth Day is to signal that change needs to happen. This is what sparks demonstrations and protests from the general public to ensure that those in power make those changes and enact better environmental policies and legislature.
Boosting Conservation Efforts
Earth Day is also a day to rediscover and understand the impact that humans have on wildlife. Our joint disregard for the environment has led to the endangerment and destruction of entire habitats. Earth Day inspires renewed attention to these issues and encourages people to support and promote conservation efforts.
Highlighting Sustainable Solutions
A large aspect of our impact on the planet has been the need for energy resources. Through fossil fuels and mining, we have severely damaged the atmosphere, the oceans, and the land itself. Earth Day is a chance for people to discover advanced and innovative sustainable resources that make use of water, wind, and solar energy.
Kickstarting Local Initiatives
Earth Day also acts as a catalyst for local communities to start up environmentally friendly initiatives. These could involve clean-up walks, tree plantings, petitions for renewable energy, and other activities that engage citizens in the environment.
Fostering Corporate Responsibility
While we all do what we can on a smaller scale, it is eventually up to the larger companies and businesses that produce the most emissions and waste to make a change. Earth Day is a chance for businesses to participate in committing to reducing their environmental impact and supporting related initiatives. It’s also an opportunity to boost an organization’s reputation by investing in renewable energy solutions.
Earth Day gives us a day each year to reflect on our actions and what we have been doing to help keep our planet protected. This is essentially the main goal of the event – to make each person pause their busy lives to think about how we show our gratitude for this gift of this planet.
What Can We Do On Earth Day?
Earth Day allows us to showcase our care for the environment but how exactly can we show that care? There are various actions one can do to partake in Earth Day and promote a sustainable and protected environment. A few of these actions include:
- Cleaning Up Your Neighborhood
Try to participate in or start up a campaign to pick up litter in your community. These can be in the form of a beach or a local park walk. Organize a group of people and spread awareness about the project. You could also include smaller fundraising for snacks and smaller goodies at these events in which the proceeds go toward environmental causes.
- Attending Local Earth Day Events
Naturally, to be a part of the Earth Day event you need to find out what your community is doing. Try to join community gatherings, workshops, or fairs being held for the environment on the 22nd. If there are none in your community, consider starting something.
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
The 3 R’s still ring true to help this Earth Day. Try to minimize your impact on the environment by reducing the amount of waste produced, reusing whatever you can, and recycling whatever is possible.
- Planting Trees
Trees are the lungs of the planet. They absorb carbon dioxide and produce fresh oxygen for us to keep living. They also provide shade, fruits, wood, and homes to numerous animals. Try starting an initiative in your community to plant trees or create a garden. Even if you don’t get to see the results, the generations after you will reap the benefits.
- Advocating for Policy Change
Enact actual change by contacting your local representatives to voice your support for environmentally friendly legislation.
- Conserving Energy and Water
Try to adopt energy-efficient practices at home and in your business by using less water, turning off unnecessary lights, and fixing leaks. You can also conserve energy by choosing to switch to a renewable energy solution like a solar generator.
- Educating Yourself and Others
Use Earth Day as an opportunity to learn more about current environmental issues and share that knowledge with friends and family or on social media.
- Using Public Transportation
Reduce your carbon footprint by using public transportation or carpooling to get you to where you need to go. Alternatively, you could invest in a bicycle or walking – which is also a great way to get in some exercise.
- Supporting Sustainable Businesses
Try to be more conscious of where you shop and how products are made. Many fast-fashion stores contribute to large amounts of waste. Try to choose sustainable shopping options from companies committed to environmental stewardship.
- Making a Personal Pledge
The commitment to making long-term changes in your lifestyle to reduce your environmental impact is not always an easy one to make. Ensure that your impact on the environment comes first by pledging sustainable living.
Mango Power Solar Generators Support Eco-Friendly Living
Communities around the world emitted more carbon dioxide in 2022 than in any other year on records dating to 1900. This was a result of air travel rebounding from the pandemic and more cities turning to coal as a low-cost source of power. One of the most visible consequences of a warming world is an increase in the intensity and frequency of extreme weather events. Heat waves, heavy downpours, and major hurricanes have increased in many regions.
If some of our households use renewable energy – calculated based on using 10 kilowatt-hours of electricity a day – we can reduce carbon emissions by 3,600 kilograms a year. That’s equivalent to the annual carbon dioxide absorption of 200 trees.
Choose Solar Energy
There are several benefits to solar energy solutions but the key one is that it keeps the planet in mind. Solar power relies on the infinite resource provided by the sun which never runs out or falters. Unlike fossil fuels that release harmful emissions, destroy the environment, and are very expensive and difficult to procure, solar power provides lasting, clean energy with almost no downside.
Choose Mango Powered Solar Energy
Mango Power is committed to bringing smart renewable energy products into every home and helping every family realize a zero-carbon emission future. In the summer of 2021, Mango Power launched its first product, the revolutionary Mango Power Union.
The Mango Power Union is the world’s first battery system to integrate both home and portable power solutions. With a capacity of up to 13.8kWh/4kw, the Mango Power Union is the best way to maximize value, allowing you to use solar power day and night. With its 2 built-in PV inverters that support twice the input, you can easily connect the device to both roof solar systems and portable solar panels without any additional accessories.
In the winter of 2022, Mango Power launched its first portable power station with a capacity of up to 14kWh/ 6kW. The impressive Mango Power E solar generator is sleek and efficient – allowing you to seamlessly keep the lights on even during a blackout. The world-class batteries used also keep your power running longer. The Mango Power E charges quickly and supports a 240V split-phase output when connected to another Mango Power E device. It’d the perfect renewable energy solution for your home and outdoor activities.
Mango Power is dedicated to sustainable energy solutions through innovative design and advanced technology. The Mango Power E ensures a 0.79 kg reduction in carbon emissions with every recharge – equivalent to the amount of carbon captured by 48 trees in a day. Make the smart choice this Earth Day and invest in a Mango Power solar generator to ensure that your impact on the environment is a good one.
Mango Power Launches the “Painting Green Earth Competition”
Mango Power is launching its Painting Green Earth competition and we want you to join in on the fun and stand a chance to win incredible prizes!
This Earth Day, Mango Power wants to ask you,
“What will the earth look like in the future with renewable energy?”
We want you to draw a future where renewable energy solutions are the norm. The form of the work is not limited – it can be a pencil sketch, hand-painted, or even an AI drawing. As long as it’s original and you made it, we want to see your talent!
The competition is valid from the 21st of 2023 to the 30th of April 2023.
How Do I Join?
Simply post your painting on either Facebook or Instagram and tag our official pages in the caption “@MangoPowerOfficial” and use the hashtag #paintinggreenearth
How Do I Win?
Winners are selected by the highest number of likes and engagement on the post. You are not allowed to buy likes.
What’s the Prize?
Join the renewable energy revolution and switch to clean, sustainable energy solutions this Earth Day. Let’s power a brighter future for our planet together!
Learn more about our commitment to a cleaner planet using solar energy with our Mango Power Forest Plan on our website at mangopower.com.