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Earth Day 2024: How You Can Participate

Author(s): Pavitar Singh & Emma Kelly, 17/04/2024

Earth Day 2024: Celebrating Earth Day

Earth Day is an international day that is a powerful reminder of our collective responsibility to protect and cherish our planet. Every year on April 22nd, an estimated 1 billion people in over 190 countries take action to raise awareness of the climate crisis our planet is currently facing. The goal of Earth Day is to bring change, protect our planet, and take concrete steps toward a sustainable future. As we approach Earth Day 2024, this is an opportunity to rekindle our commitment to the Earth and consider how we can make our planet better.

What Is This Year's Earth Day Theme?

The theme for Earth Day 2024, is Planet vs Plastics. The ultimate goal of the initiative is to reduce the reduction in plastic by 60% by 2040. According to Earth.org, to achieve this milestone, they must achieve the following goals:


  1. To promote widespread awareness of the damage done by plastics to human, animal, and all biodiversity health, whilst demanding more research to be carried out on the health implications of plastic usage.

  2. To phase out single-use plastics by 2030

  3. Demand policies to phase out fast fashion and the vast amount of plastic it produces

  4. To invest in innovative technologies and materials to build a plastic-free environment


This year's theme emphasises the urgent need to address plastic pollution, rallying communities and businesses toward the goal of reducing plastic products and consumption. Closer to home, Ireland has made great progress in embracing sustainable practices and addressing climate change. Initiatives such as an ambitious climate action plan and the ban on single-use plastics reflect Ireland’s commitment to a sustainable future.


From the 23 - 29th of April 2024, governments from around the world will gather in Ottawa, Canada to discuss the issue of plastics and climate change. The goal of the meeting is to continue negotiations of the
United Nations Global Plastic Treaty. For further information on the provisional agenda for plastic pollution, you can view it here.


5 Simple Ways You Can Celebrate Earth Day:

According to the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the world is on course for temperatures 3.2°c above pre-industrial levels by 2100. This level of increase in temperature will be catastrophic for all biodiversity and humans alike. We can already see temperatures rising as 2023 was the hottest ever year on record, further underscoring the impact climate change is having on our planet. In response to this urgent climate crisis, there are activities each individual can do to celebrate Earth Day and promote sustainability. By incorporating the following activities into our daily lives, not just only one Earth Day but throughout the year, we can collectively make strides towards a better future. Here are five activities that everyone can engage in to make a difference:

1. Composting

Composting is a fantastic way to reduce kitchen waste and enrich your garden soil. By turning organic waste into nutrient-rich compost, you're not only reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills but also providing your plants with a natural, chemical-free fertiliser. In Ireland, embracing composting can help address the broader issue of waste management, supporting the country's environmental goals.

2. Reduce Your Waste

Adopting the mantra of "reduce, reuse, recycle" can significantly impact your carbon footprint. Consider how you can minimise waste in your daily life, from reducing waste to reusing items and recycling materials. Ireland's ambitious Climate Action Plan includes initiatives to promote recycling and reduce waste, reflecting our nation's commitment to sustainable practices.

3. Support Bees!

Bees play a crucial role in pollination, supporting food production and biodiversity. Creating a bee-friendly garden with native plants, avoiding pesticides. Ireland's rich biodiversity, including its unique ecosystems, benefits greatly from the pollination services that bees provide.

4. Reduce Your Plastic Use

Plastic pollution is a pressing global issue, and reducing your plastic use is a step toward addressing it. Ireland's ban on single-use plastics exemplifies the country's efforts to combat plastic pollution. Opt for reusable bags, bottles, and containers, and support businesses that prioritise sustainable packaging.

5. Plant A Tree

Trees are vital for the environment; they absorb carbon dioxide, provide oxygen, and offer habitat to wildlife. Planting a tree is a simple yet impactful way to celebrate Earth Day. In Ireland, tree planting initiatives contribute to the preservation of the country's ancient woodlands and the promotion of biodiversity.


Make Everyday Earth Day with KeyGreen

As we observe Earth Day, let’s remind ourselves of the positive impact we can have on our environment through mindful practices and sustainable choices. KeyGreen is here to support you in these efforts. Whether you’re looking to start recycling, reduce your waste, or learn more about sustainable living, we’re just a click away. Contact us today or visit our website to learn how we can make a difference.

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