3 Reasons We Should #InvestInOurPlanet

As we honor Earth Day 2022, let’s take the opportunity to rethink our contributions – no matter how small – to help heal and restore the place we all call home.

 

This year’s official theme, investing in our planet, is about each person doing their part. From everyday consumers to governments and multinational conglomerates, we all have the responsibility to partner with Mother Earth for a better future. Need a friendly reminder? Here are three reasons we need to come together and act – now.

 

#1 No backup plan

From the water we drink to the food we eat, the earth provides everything we need to survive and thrive. At this time, no other planet can sustain human life. Protecting and caring for the environment is a necessary means to our existence – something that should come instinctively in our everyday actions and decisions.

If we are careless, we suffer the consequences. Water pollution is already draining available wells, leaving less to drink and irrigate our crops to grow and eat. Climate change is disrupting global weather patterns, causing unpredictable changes to our food security and livelihoods. But if we learn to care, the earth, too, will respond and be a sanctuary for humanity.

 

#2 On the verge of tipping

Over time, our planet has evolved to the right default environment: an oxygen-rich and energy-sufficient atmosphere to support all life forms. However, the world’s ever-growing population, paired with overconsumption and unsustainable production practices, is now disrupting this equilibrium.

When we burn fossil fuels, cut down forests, and farm mass livestock, we release vast amounts of greenhouse gasses into the air.[1] According to the European Commission, CO2 produced by human activities is the largest contributor to global warming today. In 2020, its concentration in the atmosphere stood 48% above pre-industrial levels (~1750) – a dire situation that calls for our immediate attention.

 

#3 Conserving today for tomorrow

Perhaps the most important reason to live sustainably is to leave behind a habitable environment for our children, grandchildren, and other generations to come. Earth Day is a reminder that we live on a diverse and awe-inspiring planet – a place where everyone, living now or tomorrow, deserves the chance to experience. Making a conscious effort to re-evaluate our habits and make better decisions will help ensure that there will be enough to meet their needs in the future.

More than 1 billion people in 192 countries take part in Earth Day. Discover how to get involved today.

 

References

[1] The European Commission. Available at: https://ec.europa.eu/clima/climate-change/causes-climate-change_en

 

Author: Naomy Gmyrek