Ever since the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans participate in this modern environmental movement. Coordinated around the world by the Earth Day Network, Earth Day is a yearly event that occurs on the 22nd of April. On this day, events are held worldwide to show support for environmental protection. After more than 40 years of this environmental celebration, more than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year. This has made it the largest civic observance in the world.
In Louisiana, we celebrate Earth Day in many ways. One of the most exciting of these is the annual environmental festival that has attracted thousands of participants for 24 years. This year’s theme is, We Protect What We Love, and aims to highlight our individual responsibilities for stewardship of Earth’s resources.
Even after all the fun, the goal of Earth Day is to educate communities of the importance of long-term environmental ethics, key environmental issues in Louisiana, and the idea that each individual can make a difference
To find out more details about our local Earth Day celebration, click the image below.
Here at QRI, we believe that every manager and business owner has the ability to make an impact on Earth Day and every day by encouraging employees to get involved.
Some ways you can celebrate Earth Day at your office this year are:
- Arrange an office wide car pool day
- There may be a few old standard light bulbs hanging around your office. Make it a team effort to replace these with compact florescent light bulbs
- Many offices have one or two recycling bins set up. Studies show increases in recycling participation with more stations that are easily accessible. There are many small recycling containers on the market that can be placed under every desk.
- Consider purchasing a water cooler instead of bottled water
- Consider recycling or donating old computers by arranging for a computer recycling firm to pick up old equipment or contacting local school boards to see if they are in need of computer equipment.
- Switch to a green office cleaning company or request that your current company use on non-toxic cleaning supplies
- Encourage employees to power down computer equipment at lunch and at the end of the day
- Have an employee driven environmental challenge for the week. The challenge could be not to use disposable cups, going car free, or turning off workstations and lights at the end of the day.
Whatever you choose to do, have fun with it. Remember “When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. – John Muir
Happy Earth Day!