April 22nd, 2021

Earth Day

  • 1970: First Earth Day mobilized 20 million Americans to push for more protection for our planet
  • 1990: Earth Day goes global, mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries
  • 2000: Earth Day leverages the power of digital media to build millions of local conversations across 180 countries
  • 2010: Earth Day engages 75,000 global partners in 192 countries, launching A Billion Acts of Green and The Canopy Project
  • 2020: Marks 50 years with global activations aiming to mobilize a billion people worldwide for transformative action for our planet
  • Today: Earth Day is widely recognized as the largest secular observance in the world. More than a billion people every year observe this day as a day of action to change human behavior and create global, national, and local policy changes

Have you started spring cleaning?

Do you have a drawer full of old or broken cell phones, tablets, or charging cords? Did you know that 10% of cell phones are recycled in the US and most Americans get a new cell phone every 12-18 months?

Handheld electronics include a variety of precious metals, copper and plastics. Recycling not only conserves the materials, it reduces greenhouse gas emissions that occur during manufacturing and while extracting and processing virgin materials. If we recycled all 130 million cell phones that are thrown away annually in the US, we could save enough energy to power more than 24,000 homes for a year.

Cell phones and other devices also contain hazardous materials such as lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic and brominated flame retardants. When tossed in landfills, these materials can contaminate the soil, air and ground water; affecting animals and plants on land and in the ocean.

Check out some locations where you can drop off your electronics for recycling!

Let's find out what items in your home contain palm oil, and if it does, was it sustainably sourced?

What can you cut back on and what do you absolutely need?

  • If one of your favorite products contains unsustainable palm oil, use this template letter to let them know you care about where they source their ingredients.
  • If one of your favorite products contains sustainable palm oil, great! Use this template to congratulate and cheer them on for their hard, eco-friendly work!

Check out Cheyenne Mountain Zoo's resource for common household products that you can share your letter with!

Learn about what amazing conservation efforts are taking place in our backyard!

Check out this awesome live event on Earth Day Eve, hosted by National Geographic's Jessica Nabongo!

 

Grow your own salad!

Did you know global meat consumption has grown by 20% over the last 10 years?

Producing meat requires a huge amount of water and produces nearly one fifth of human caused greenhouse gases.

Can you commit to removing meat from your diet at least one or two days per week?

Over the course of a year, if you:

    • Eat one less burger per week, you reduce as much emissions as not driving for 320 miles!
    • Skip meat and cheese one day a week, you reduce emissions equivalent to not driving for 5 weeks!
    • If the entire U.S. did not eat meat or cheese for just one day a week, we'd reduce emissions to not driving 91 billion miles or remove 7.6 million cars off the road!

Be a volunteer scientist!

Take part in cleaning up the islands, logging your data and sharing your stewardship!

Help restore the islands from mauka to makai! With this awesome tool you can find cleanups near you, keep track of your own cleanups, request supplies and much more!

Download this app, available for iPhone and Android.

 

Build a bird feeder!

Materials you will need:

  • Paper tube (TP roll is perfect!)
  • Peanut butter/sunflower butter/almond butter
  • Bird seeds
  • String
  • Scissors
  • Butter knife

Instructions below!

Instructions below!

Shop sustainably!

Support companies that source their products sustainably. Sustainably practices support wild habitats and animals while also supporting the local community. Know where your products are coming from and show your support for companies that are making the right decisions.

On your next trip to the grocery store, grab your reusable bag, your phone and head out the door to discover what products you want in your home!

Download the free Sustainable Palm Oil app to make orangutan friendly choices while shopping. 

Shop sustainably!

Support companies that source their products sustainably. Sustainably practices support wild habitats and animals while also supporting the local community. Know where your products are coming from and show your support for companies that are making the right decisions.

On your next trip to the grocery store, grab your reusable bag, your phone and head out the door to discover what products you want in your home!

Download the free Sustainable Palm Oil app to make orangutan friendly choices while shopping. 

Know your products

Sign the petition

Calling world leaders to support a Global Deal for Nature protecting and restoring half of the Earth's land and oceans.

May 21, 2021

Endangered Species Day

June 8, 2021

World Ocean's Day

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