So you’ve heard of the plastic bag ban or the ditch on plastic straws and maybe you’ve even switched off for Earth hour, but did you know that there’s an entire day dedicated to increasing environmental awareness, conservation and policy?
What is Earth Day?
First celebrated on April 22, 1970, what has now come to be known and celebrated as Earth Day began is an environmental grassroots movement aimed at catalysing the establishment of various pollution legislation and environmental acts. To date, the Earth Day movement has worked to raise billions of dollars in grants and environmental acts, working to conserve and restore our environment, while gathering volunteers all over the globe.
While the campaign is formally celebrated on one day, this year’s Earth Day will be celebrated over the span of three days beginning April 20 and ending on April 22. With the effects of COVID-19 continuing to throw our collective efforts to reach the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, Earth Day 2021 will focus on the theme of ‘Restoring Our Earth’.
From face masks, disposable protective equipment, and hand sanitiser bottles, the pandemic has posed a taxing toll on our environment. 2021’s Earth Day in particular will help to identify the areas in which we can address these issues, change our behaviours and implement policy changes that benefit the community while still protecting the environment.
April 20: The ‘Global Youth Summit’ and the ‘We Shall Breathe’ summit occur online, inviting youth activists and influential speakers from across the globe to partake in discussions and panels that connect the current climate situation to various environmental injustices and issues that have recently become prevalent.
April 21: The ‘Teach for the Planet’ summit will occur online and will focus on the importance and need for education in the fight on climate change, specifically if we want change to occur now.
April 22: The ‘Restore Our Earth’ event will occur, covering topics from sustainable and natural processes, technologies and innovations that have the ability to both restore our endangered environments and protect what we currently have.
How are we tracking environmental conservation in Australia?
With one of the most biodiverse and natural disaster prone environments in the world, thorough environmental conservation efforts can pose a great impact on Australian nature and wildlife. According to Australia’s Strategy for Nature 2019-2030 Action plan, environmental care takes the form of tending to pests, weeds, implementing policy for threatened species, cultivating Indigenous Proteceted Areas and even addressing concerns for our reefs. Currently, the government has aimed to address these conservation concerns by:
- Educating and encouraging Australians to connect with nature
- Improving the management and conservation of Australian ecosystems and fauna
- Developing and investing in natural resources
What’s Empress Australia doing and how can we all play a part?
While Australia in particular has begun actively addressing these concerns in increasingly meaningful ways – for instance through the phasing out of plastic bags or the introduction of greenery in our cities such as that on the One Central Park high-rise in Sydney – we all have a role to play when it comes to protecting our environment. Whether that means choosing to ditch pre-packaged goods, switching off when possible or commuting to work, every action makes a difference.
When it comes to companies, the responsibility also falls on them to do their part to make a difference. This is why we’ve dedicated our time to ensuring our packaging and products are as sustainable as they can be. While we aren’t there yet, we have, and are dedicated to making a start. For instance, did you know that the satchels we send you are made from 100% compostable and biodegradable corn-starch? Or that the leather we use in our Comfi Flats are a sustainably sourced, by-product of the food industry?
And that’s just the beginning! With so many inspiring acts occurring this Earth Day 2021, we’re committing ourselves to introducing the use of new sustainable materials in our shoes and products.
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