On this day 44 years ago, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment. Groups that had been fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways, the loss of wilderness, and the extinction of wildlife suddenly realized they shared common values. This was the very first ‘Earth Day,’
Since then, every year on April 22, over a billion people in 190 countries take action for Earth Day. From planting trees to cleaning up streets to contacting elected officials – all with our ever-precious environment in mind.
Earth Day 2014 will focus on the unique environmental challenges of our time. As the bleak reality of climate change becomes increasingly clear, the need to create sustainable communities is more important than ever. Earth Day 2014 will seek to do just that through its global theme: Green Cities. With smart investments in sustainable technology, forward-thinking public policy, and an educated and active public, the aim of this year’s theme is transforming our cities and forge a sustainable future.
Founded by Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California, Earth Day 1970 capitalized on the emerging consciousness, channeling the energy of the anti-war protest movement and putting environmental concerns front and center.
At Down2Earth Materials every day is earth day!! We proudly supply Ireland’s largest range of fully compostable food service packaging, meaning that our packaging, once used, can be disposed of along with food waste to produce compost.
We are thrilled to see more and more food and event businesses incorporating our products into their day-to-day running of the business. And the more businesses that are using our compostable packaging means the less that is going to landfill.
To put it simply we are proud of who we are and proud of what we do.
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