Why Earth Day Is More Than Just A Day

Monday, April 22, is Earth Day, a global day of activism in support of environmental protection. According to the Earth Day Network, more than 1 billion people participate in Earth Day activities each year.

Participating in Earth Day activities helps protect our environment, but did you know it protects your health as well?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has found that the environment can directly affect our health and wellbeing. Whether it is air or water quality, pesticide use, or sun safety, our bodies and minds are impacted by the environment.

For example, our partners at the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America state, warmer temperatures in the U.S. have extended the pollen season 11 to 27 days longer since 1995.

Not to mention, the American Lung Association suggests that drought, wildfires, heat, flooding, pollution—the effects of climate change—already create serious threats to lung health.

Ways to Make an Impact this Earth Day and Year Round

  • Consider carpooling or catching public transportation for a smaller carbon impact
  • Visit our Volunteer portal to find opportunities help clean your community
  • Donate to one of our causes that support those living in communities who can’t afford clean water or those recovering from a crisis.
  • Plant a tree and start garden in your community
  • Start recycling at home and in your office
  • Switching to CFL or LED bulbs, which has a great impact on energy use