Earth Day: What in the World?
The year 2020 marks 50 years of honoring the earth with the worldwide celebration of Earth Day. Over 1 billion people across the world and more than 190 countries will come together, engaged in one cause, protecting our planet.
In 1970, Senator Gaylord Nelson got the idea to politicize environmental consciousness, through a large-scale demonstration against the ruin of America’s natural resources. That year, the first Earth Day was celebrated when over 20 million Americans came together in support of the cause.
In 1990, Earth Day went global when a group of environmental leaders from across the world came together to put a campaign out on the world stage. That year, 200 million people in 141 countries participated. Since then, the movement has grown, now highlighting the importance of recycling, global warming, and even renewable energy resources.
Doing Our Part
With an ever-increasing concern of global warming and climate change, the theme of Earth Day for 2020 is climate action. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the planned marches and activities for the 50th anniversary of Earth Day were canceled or forced online. That being said, there is still is so much we can do (while keeping true to our quarantine) to honor our planet this year. We can...
- Plant a tree
- Buy reusable bags
- Prepare a meatless menu for the day
- Go on a bike ride or hike and enjoy nature
- Find a place to pick up trash
- Commit to using reusable straws or water bottles
All of these can be made kid-friendly. Let's put teaching our kids to recycle and keep the world clean at the forefront of our priorities. We can also do this by using products and brands that are earth-friendly, and The Baby Cubby has many to choose from.
Earth-friendly Brands We Love
Burts Bees, Rylee and Cru, Jamie Kay, Milkbarn, and Quincy Mae all use certified organic cotton in their clothing! Using organic cotton (and other materials) is not only better for human health, but it is also better for the environment. Pesticides used on cotton plants are considered some of the most toxic chemicals in the world. These toxins can affect all parties: from the farmer to the manufacturer and, of course, to us as the consumers.