EARTH DAY 2021
"The Right To Breathe: Finding Solutions to Clean Air for All"
Take a “breather” at this virtual Earth Day event while we explore this year’s theme: AIR. You can’t see it, but it has a direct effect on your health and the environment. Keynote Speaker, Chandra Farley, Just Energy Director for Partnership for Southern Equity will address the importance of clean air, its relation to disease and our health while providing steps we can take to reduce air pollution and ensure cleaner air. This event also includes annual awards presentation and breakout sessions with Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, Georgia Audubon and Southface to dive deeper into the topic.
The U.S. Air Quality Index, or AQI, is EPA’s tool for communicating daily air quality. It uses color-coded categories and provides statements for each category that tell you about air quality in your area, which groups of people may be affected, and steps you can take to reduce your exposure to air pollution. It’s also used as the basis for air quality forecasts and current air quality reporting.
"The more you learn about the air you breathe, the more you can protect your health and take steps to make the air cleaner and healthier." - American Lung Association. Visit their "State of the Air" report to find out about the air where you live: https://www.stateoftheair.org/
Pledge to Share Your Air
The more data you can get to scientists, the better. Sign up to pledge to take regular air quality measurements with the EC2020 app.
Original broadcast of CBS News Special Report with Walter Cronkite about the first Earth Day, 1970. Also known as Earth Week 1970.
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- Bike to work, car pool, use mass transit, or walk. Set goals and compete with friends by getting involved with Georgia Commute Options and use the app, GACommuter. Better yet, encourage your workplace to become a Bicycle Friendly Business.
- Get a recycling or composting program started with the help of Keep America Beautiful. There are lots of ideas and resources at their Recyling@Work portal.
- Start a Green Team. Follow this checklist from Energy Star for creative ideas to help your green team get started.
- Conduct an energy audit at your workplace. Look for lights and equipment needlessly left on, drafty windows and doors you could insulate, inefficient thermostat settings, and other energy-wasters. Make recommendations for improvements that will save energy and money.
- Put up an Earth Day bulletin board during April that offers employees new energy-saving tips each week.
- Participate in EarthShare Georgia’s Earth Day events to connect with the organizations working hard every day to conserve and protect our air, land and water.
- Make Earth Day Every Day! Encourage your employer to participate in the Corporate Sustainer program. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get started with year-round opportunities.