Every April, millions of people around the world mark Earth Day to show support for the environment.
As the climate crisis becomes increasingly important, when Earth Day comes around, it takes on extra significance. This annual event brings together millions of people from around the world in support of the environment, highlighting the urgent action we need to take to save our planet.
Code Red for Humanity
Human-induced climate change is already affecting many weather and climate extremes in every region across the globe. Scientists are observing changes across the whole of Earth’s climate system: in the atmosphere, the oceans, ice floes, and on land.
The UN Secretary-General António Guterres said the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group’s report, published in August 2021, was nothing less than “a code red for humanity.” The report, prepared by 234 scientists from 66 countries, highlights that human influence has warmed the climate at a rate that is unprecedented in at least the last 2,000 years. Scientists warn that temperatures are set to rise beyond 2°C compared to pre-industrial levels this century (this would have catastrophic effects worldwide). The only way to prevent exceeding this threshold, is by urgently stepping up our efforts, and pursuing the most ambitious path.
Want to ensure that you play your part this Earth Day? Here’s everything you need to know.
When is Earth Day?
Earth Day takes place on 22 April every year, however the entire month of April is a time when environmental issues take centre stage. Marked by millions around the world, Earth Day is an annual event designed to shine a light on the serious environmental problems we’re facing, from the climate crisis to air pollution and deforestation.
When was the first Earth Day?
The original Earth Day was established in 1970, when a United States senator from Wisconsin organised a national demonstration to raise awareness about environmental issues, following a 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. Until that time, protecting the planet’s natural resources was not part of the national political agenda, and the number of activists devoted to large-scale issues such as industrial pollution was minimal. Factories pumped pollutants into the air, lakes, and rivers with few legal consequences. By 1990, Earth Day was an event celebrated by more than 140 countries around the globe.
What is this year’s theme?
The theme for Earth Day 2022 is Invest In Our Planet – a call for the world to invest in a better future for the planet. The idea behind this year’s theme is to encourage governments, corporations, and individuals to take steps toward following more sustainable practices, buying from greener companies, and taking more of an active role in the Earth’s wellbeing.
How Can You Help the Planet?
Earth Day organisers have suggested several ways to get involved via toolkits, including supporting its campaigns for a global plastics treaty, for change in the fashion industry and to stop deforestation.
There are thousands of events taking place around the world – find out via this map.
Be Waste Conscious
Just to give us an idea – a plastic bottle can take over 450 years to break down! Before you throw something away, think about whether it can be recycled or repurposed. You can also limit waste by reducing the number of things you buy.
Plant a Tree
Researchers estimate roughly 15 billion trees in the world are cut down each year, so help offset that loss by planting a tree of your own. Trees absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen for people to breathe. They also provide shelter and food for many animals.
Turn Off the Lights
Does that light really need to be switched on while the sun is out? Electricity doesn’t just happen. It has to be produced from things around us – mostly from fossil fuels (such as coal, oil, or natural gas) that contribute to climate change. Electricity can also be made from renewable sources like wind, water, and the sun, however, try to conserve electrical energy by using only what you need.
Limit Your Water Usage
Clean, drinkable water is a limited resource. In fact, less than 1% of the water on Earth can be used by humans. Turning off the tap when you brush your teeth can conserve up to eight gallons of water a day.
Check Your Kitchen and Household Products
Try to use biodegradable products that do not use chemicals or plastic. Think 100% recycled aluminium foil, chemical-free parchment paper for baking, or even energy-efficient appliances.
Think About Your Diet
About one-third of the food that we produce every year goes to waste annually. Take care about your “foodprint,” as this is the result of everything that it takes to get your food from the farm to your plate.
Offer Your Time
Volunteer to help collect waste, be mindful of what you can do within your own home (use reusable bags or turn off your electronics when you are not using them), and most importantly: don’t forget to recycle.
Our Packaging Philosophy
Our philosophy at Dreem Distillery on packaging is simple – every step of the way we use recyclable materials to have minimal environmental impact. We are always looking to improve recyclability and our team is committed to working harder to find the best solutions to protect our planet.
The Wonders of The Universe
What we are witnessing when we see a shooting star is a small piece of interplanetary matter, called a meteor, entering the Earth’s atmosphere and ‘burning up’ at a heigh of about 100km. these small particles are moving very fast relative to the Earth and when they enter the Earth’s atmosphere, they are completely evaporated and the air in the path of the meteor is ionised.
In the early morning hours of April 22, the annual Lyrid meteor shower is expected to reach its peak, with 10-20 meteors per hour between Moonset and dawn. One of the oldest known meteor showers, the first recorded sighting of the Lyrids dates back to 687BC in China.