Today is Earth Day, and although this is the first time in this day’s history that the world is not allowed out, there are ways you can help fight climate change – even from home during lockdown.
Ever wonder how Earth Day began? The first Earth Day was held on 22 April 1970, with the goal of raising awareness about mankind’s role in protecting our natural world. On this date, 20 million Americans ventured outdoors and protested in favour of a more eco-conscious society.
It’s hard to believe today, but at the time, many people were not aware of some serious environmental issues — from air pollution to toxic dumps to pesticides to loss of wilderness.
Earth Day started out as more of a political movement, though today it has become a popular day for many communities to gather together and clean up litter, plant trees, or simply reflect on the beauty of nature.
Earth Day 2020 will mark the 50th anniversary of this holiday. Typically, Earth Day is assigned a different theme or area of focus each year; this year’s theme is Climate Action.
Whether you have a large garden or a tiny herb box on your apartment balcony, you can still do your bit to mark Earth Day’s 50th anniversary this year.
As part of the “Grow Our Beloved Country” initiative, Husqvarna is calling on all South Africans to help make the world a greener place by working in their indoor or outdoor gardens. This aims to inspire us all to create beautiful spaces that help fight climate change — a global challenge with far-reaching consequences.
“We all need to be doing more for the earth, and at the same time, we can enjoy the gardening time with our families in the comfort of our homes. I’m sure many South Africans feel the same way,” says Mtawarira.
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