Celebrating Earth Day 2021
Thursday, April 22, 2021 marks the 51st Earth Day holiday, a day of education about conservation of the planet, environmental issues, and demonstration of support for environmental protection.
How did Earth Day get started?
Begun in the late 1960s and early 1970s, the Earth Day initiative arose in response to multiple environmental events like the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill, which spurred an increased emphasis on environmentalism. Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson, inspired by the student anti-Vietnam War movement, started a campaign of his own to champion national interest in environmental protection. Nelson took action by organizing teach-ins on college campuses to spread the message of the importance of conservationism, pushing for positive change. He further took his idea nationwide by promoting 85 events across the country. In the 1990s, Earth Day became an officially recognized global celebration, mobilizing over 200 million people in 141 countries.
Today, Earth Day is celebrated by more than one billion people across the globe.
Ways to Celebrate Earth Day
This year, the theme for Earth Day is "Restore our Earth." Starting on Tuesday, April 20th and continuing through Thursday, April 22nd, Earth Day has adapted their promotion for the virtual world so that all can participate from wherever they are.
On average, there are over nine billions tons of litter dumped in the world's oceans every year. Currently, you need only take an average of 12 steps outside before encountering a piece of trash that was improperly disposed of. You can combat these statistics by making a plan to clean up litter from beaches, forest reserves, highways, parking lots, or your own street.
With the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine, many Earth Day events are also taking place in person (with proper social distancing and mask requirements). If you would like to volunteer by joining a cleanup day or starting your own, you can find events in your area by visiting earthday.org. To help spread the word via social media, you can post before and after photos using hashtag #greatglobalcleanup, and tag @earthdaynetwork.
Other ways you can help:
- Join or start a community garden
- Plant a tree with a local arboretum or botanical garden
- Donate your time to an environmental protection organization
- Donate funds to local, regional, national, or global conservation efforts
- Educate yourself by listening to environmental podcasts and watching webinars
- Watch documentaries focused on climate change
- Most importantly, reduce, reuse, and recycle!
Computer Futures' Commitment to our Environment
Computer Futures, part of SThree plc, is committed to having a hand in building a sustainable future for all. At SThree, our purpose is to bring skilled people together to build the future. We aim to build a responsible, trustful, and sustainable business that not only makes a positive impact on the communities in which we operate, but transforms them through our collective drive to evoke change for the better.
We believe in offering our employees a career with a purpose. Every SThree employee may use two (five during the Covid-19 pandemic) paid working days per year to volunteer and contribute to our own personal ecosystems. SThree is committed to a minimized environmental impact and works actively to reduce our carbon footprint via annual carbon reporting, identifying our main emission factors and changing our business practices to influence the behaviors of our people and suppliers.