Earth Day 2023 is just around the corner, taking place on April 22nd. This annual event has been celebrated since 1970 and has grown to become one of the largest secular observances in the world. Earth Day is a time to reflect on the impact that we have on our planet and to take action towards a more sustainable future.
At Fairtrade, we believe that sustainability and social justice go hand-in-hand. We exist to secure better and sustainable livelihoods for all farmers and workers, while protecting the sustainability of the planet. By choosing Fairtrade products, you can make a positive impact on the environment and stand with the people who grow and produce our goods.
The history of Earth Day is tied to the environmental movement of the 1960s, which aimed to bring attention to issues such as air and water pollution, habitat destruction, and climate change. The first Earth Day, organized by US Senator Gaylord Nelson, was held on April 22nd, 1970 and brought together 20 million Americans to demand action on environmental issues. Since then, Earth Day has grown to become a global movement, with people and organizations all over the world working towards a more sustainable future.
The Fairtrade Standards ban the use of dangerous pesticides and GMO seeds, protect natural resources and encourage eco-friendly cultivation. Fairtrade also works with farmers in transitioning to organic farming practices, which has been shown to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve soil health.
Climate change is a global challenge that affects us all, but it is especially impactful for farmers who rely on agriculture. The effects of climate change, such as extreme weather conditions, water scarcity, and soil erosion, can have devastating effects on the crops and livelihoods of farmers.
This Earth Day let’s commit to taking action towards a more sustainable future. By choosing Fairtrade products, we stand with farmers and workers who are on the frontlines of environmental challenges. Together, we can promote a more sustainable and just global economy. Here are some reputable sources to learn more about Earth Day:
- The official Earth Day website provides information and resources on how to get involved in Earth Day events and initiatives.
- The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals outline a blueprint for a more sustainable future, including specific targets related to climate action and responsible consumption and production.
- Read Silent Spring, by Rachel Carson, one of the most prolific books in environmental justice.
Join us in celebrating Earth Day 2023 and making a positive impact on our planet!
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