Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22. Worldwide, various events are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. How do you celebrate and honor our Earth?
First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day now includes events in more than 193 countries, which are coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network.
Did you know that there is an Earth Day Network? It works all year round to solve climate change, to end plastic pollution, to protect endangered species, and to broaden, educate, and activate the environmental movement across the globe.
Earth Day Network
“In nature, nothing exists alone.”
— Rachel Carson, 1962
Nature’s gifts to our planet are the millions of species that we know and love, and many more that remain to be discovered. Unfortunately, human beings have irrevocably upset the balance of nature and, as a result, the world is facing the greatest rate of extinction since we lost the dinosaurs more than 60 million years ago. But unlike the fate of the dinosaurs, the rapid extinction of species in our world today is the result of human activity.
The unprecedented global destruction and rapid reduction of plant and wildlife populations are directly linked to causes driven by human activity: climate change, deforestation, habitat loss, trafficking and poaching, unsustainable agriculture, pollution and pesticides to name a few. The impacts are far reaching.
All living things have an intrinsic value, and each plays a unique role in the complex web of life. We must work together to protect endangered and threatened species: bees, coral reefs, elephants, giraffes, insects, whales and more.
The good news is that the rate of extinctions can still be slowed, and many of our declining, threatened and endangered species can still recover if we work together now to build a united global movement of consumers, voters, educators, faith leaders, and scientists to demand immediate action.
Earth Day Network is asking people to join our Protect our Species campaign. Our goals are to:
- Educate and raise awareness about the accelerating rate of extinction of millions of species and the causes and consequences of this phenomenon.
- Achieve major policy victories that protect broad groups of species as well as individual species and their habitats.
- Build and activate a global movement that embraces nature and its values.
- Encourage individual actions such as adopting plant based diet and stopping pesticide and herbicide use.
Ideadeco Supports Bees
We have created a garden full of different flowers and keep them in excellent health all year long. We use only natural fertilizers and have clean water for birds and bees.
Some years ago, we found a bee in the garden struggling to stay alive. We took care of her for 2 days. We fed her and gave her fresh water in the middle of the summer. To our surprise she got much better and a week later she came back with 4 more bees and eat from her leftovers.
That moment was an inspiration. We spend the rest of the summer in collaboration with a garden architect and a bee-farmer taking advices on how to attract bees in our garden. Gradually we created a bee safe zone and nowadays 50-60 bees are visiting our little garden.
We have rest corners with different flowers, protected from direct sun. And a kind of artificial “natural” spring for clean water but with shallow waters areas. They look like tiny lakes with river stones.
We may sound crazy, but I swear that these bees recognize my voice and are very friendly. I am thankful that I have a chance to support these magnificent species. It’s the least I can do for mother Earth!
Apart from this, we never print and we never use plastic in our everyday life. Also as a team and a family, we are vegetarians and we are doing our best to leave behind as little garbages as possible.