Hey, did you know that Earth Day is this week? It's pretty cool that we have a day dedicated to raising awareness about the environment and promoting action towards protecting our planet. But have you ever wondered how Earth Day came to be? It all traces back to the 1960s when environmental activism was on the rise due to the widespread pollution caused by unregulated corporations across the United States. The voices of these concerned activists were heard by Wisconsin Senator, Gaylord Nelson, who went on to create the first Earth Day on April 22nd, 1970. This day was commemorated across different cities in the U.S. and, following the day, the effectiveness led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and several other important environmental legislation.
Today, Earth Day is celebrated around the world with various events and activities. From clean-up efforts to educational programs, people come together to celebrate the planet and raise awareness about environmental issues. In recent years, Earth Day has also grown to include a focus on sustainability and the promotion of eco-friendly practices. Since its first celebration, the daylong celebration has expanded into the entire month of April, providing a platform for individuals and communities around the world to come together and take action towards a more sustainable future.
One area where Earth Day and Earth Month have increasingly focused their attention is the fashion industry. The fashion industry is a major contributor to environmental degradation, with textile production and clothing manufacturing processes accounting for significant greenhouse gas emissions, water consumption, and pollution. Earth Day and Earth Month provide an opportunity for individuals, companies, and organizations to raise awareness about the impact of the fashion industry on the planet and promote more sustainable practices. This includes reducing textile waste, increasing the use of eco-friendly materials, and encouraging responsible consumption habits. By shining a light on the negative impact of the fashion industry on the environment, Earth Day is helping to bring about change and encourage a more sustainable future of fashion.
At Common Threads, we help college students get as much wear out of clothing as possible while encouraging them to invest mindfully in their closets. Come join us at Earthfest this Friday, April 21st from 12-4pm on the BC Plaza for fun activities, music, locopops and giveaways while we celebrate our planet!