Earth Day began in 1970 as an annual celebration of the environment and as a time to assess what we still need to do to protect the natural resources of our planet.1 And though awareness has grown, no one would argue that we have a long way to go.
Here are some green tips we’re using at Next Day Flyers that are good to incorporate into any business that wants to become more environmentally-friendly:
- Reduce gas consumption and pollution with employee telecommuting and by holding online meetings
- Turn off Equipment to reduce energy costs up to 25%
- Use computer/fax modem to avoid FAX printouts
- Use fluorescent bulbs: figure out how much energy your business will save with this Light Bulb Energy Calculator
And now, in honor of Earth Day 2010, Next Day Flyers would like to present you with some of the celebrations, activities, and actions that people are taking across planet home.
By presidential proclamation, the annual National Park Week coincides with Earth Day every year. From April 18-26, all of the nearly 400 sites in the National Parks system hold special events including Earth Day celebrations, guided nature walks, organized cleanups, presentations at local schools, and much more.
Earth Day Network Climate Rally to help persuade Congress to pass strong legislation.
NASA – Exploring the Whole Earth
You can learn about NASA’s contributions to exploring and protecting Earth during the celebrations at the National Mall in Washington. Activities include a weeklong series of exhibits and talks.
National Mall Earth Day Network Stage presents a multitude of performance artists, musicians, multi-media productions and dancers.
Newport Beach, CA
Earth Day Watershed Watch, Spend the day exploring the natural resources of our planet. There will be family activities, environmental-themed exhibits, science discovery booths and Sharkmobile Touch Tanks!
San Diego, CA
Wildlife Preserve and River Cleanup Event
Join the San Diego River Park Foundation’s Clean and Green Team for the Creek to Bay county- wide cleanup event to help restore the beautiful and historic San Diego River.
The World Dhammakaya Centre in Thailand is celebrating Earth Day by gathering more than 100,000 Buddhist monks from 30,000 temples around Thailand at its temple north of Bangkok. These monks all share a common goal of promoting world peace through inner peace, and the Abbot of Dhammakaya Temple will be leading a mass meditation.
Across Canada cities will participate in advocating collective environmentalism. Museums, parks, schools and community groups throughout the region are offering programs to help citizens be more eco-friendly in their daily lives.
The annual Monaco Earth Day Swim. The 2.5km, open-water swim in the Mediterranean is to help raise money for causes that support the environment and all the swimmers will receive an olive tree upon completion.
The annual “Fair for the Earth” takes place in Barcelona, Spain. This two-day celebration features eco-friendly products; artisans, dancing, singing, and music; and discussions on topics such as health, alternative therapies, personal growth, fair commerce, ecology, and composting.
In honor of Earth Day, organizers of the World Energy Forum chose April 22-24 for the event’s dates, held in Bulgaria for the first time.
Project Green Jungle presents Twearth Day, a clever combination of “Twitter” and “Earth Day.” Twitter.com will be used for updates on the group’s weeklong Earth Day efforts in the jungles of Costa Rica, which will include water-quality tests along the Sixaola River, a species account and biodiversity survey of Hitoy Cerere Biological Reserve, and a Beach Cleanup in Puerto Viejo.
Ethiopia is celebrating its first ever Earth Day this year. Citizens will learn how their health and community’s well-being is dependent on the protection of our natural environment, and special events will include panel discussions; an Awareness Fair with presentations by green businesses; and a lecture series at Addis Ababa University.
The Green I.T. Awards to reward efforts of green distributors, suppliers and companies. The ceremony seeks to highlight and honor organizations and projects that have changed the face of the I.T. industry’s environmental performance.
The Jane Goodall Institute will be teaching students and instructors in Beijing how to reduce their carbon footprint by switching from conventional tissue paper to handkerchiefs.
Rainbow Bridge International School with Shanghai Zoo. Over 2000 children and their families representing 31 countries are expected to participate in environmental education activities such as seed planting and designing fashions from recycled materials.
Closer to home, behind the scenes at Next Day Flyers, we’re going to continue using our solvent-free UV coating and to recycle our excess paper waste. Don’t forget to use our easy online proofing (no need to print it out) and look for our new PEFC certified recycled paper stock that’s coming soon.
Happy Earth Day!