Earth Day is the idea of a national day that focuses on and celebrates the environment. It occurs once a year on April 22nd.
What does this mean for Earth? preservation, environmental protection, and a way to show others that we care (and demonstrating it with some actions, too).
Hopefully, we can extend this celebration beyond just one day to the entire year, and increase our environmental awareness on a regular basis.
What does Earth Day mean to others?
For President Trump, it means more economic growth to enhance environmental protection, and preserving the natural beauty of the nation – and of course, more jobs.
For Mark Zuckerberg, it is a moment to unite and make it a collective mission to better protect the environment. Zuckerberg focuses on the connectivity aspect, the use of technology to improve the lives of billions of people, and using resources wisely and conserving them.
Celebrities Post on Earth Day – #EARTHDAY
What does Earth Day mean to celebrities?
Celebrities post pictures on all forms of social media. It is a way for them to show others how they celebrate this day, what they do for the environment, and they can easily influence our own actions to follow in their footsteps.
Some make it seem as a fun day, a way to reconnect with family members, and cherish the nation. Others try to influence us by bringing about an action and change.
For example, Gisele Bündchen, Tom Brady’s wife, posted a picture with two of her children planting a tree together.
Tony Goldwyn, the American actor, alluded to celebrating this day with others you love, connecting it to the emotional sense, and enjoying the beauty of the nation with those that you care about.
Bette Midler, the American singer and songwriter, influences others to make a move to preserve the environment, and perhaps even make others guilty – “if I do it you can do it too!”
Drew Baryymore, the American actress, celebrates and honors the day with the celebration of her daughter’s birthday. In both years, 2016 and 2017, Baryymore posted a similar image of her daughter’s birthday – in 2017, she used Earth Day as a personification of her love to her daughter – “I love you and your sister bigger than the universe.”
MealConnect – Reducing Waste
“Together we can solve hunger” – in honor of Earth Day, Feeding America launched a new tech platform called MealConnect. The free service enables businesses to connect and donate surplus food, and can also be downloaded on the App store free of charge.
MealConnect lets stores and other donors — whether it’s a Starbucks, grocery store, or farmer’s market — to post when they have food that would otherwise go to waste. Then, the platform’s algorithms figure out the best local food pantry or program to pick up the extra food and distribute it quickly to those in need.
The goal of the platform is to advance the organization’s mission of solving hunger in the country by 2025 by tackling the persistent and often overlooked problem of food waste caused by businesses and food chains.
VerizonGreen – Recycling
In honor of Earth Day, Verizon is aiming to set up a location to donate unwanted electronics at Verizon’s Basking Ridge and Warren facilities in NJ. Verizon employees will gather up at these facilities to pick up the unwanted electronic items in order to preserve and sustain the environment. These Recycling Rallies are free and open to the public. They are also part of Verizon’s commitment to protect and preserve the environment by enabling employees and the public to be green at work and at home. Verizon’s disposing of the discarded items will adhere to Verizon’s zero-landfill objective, i.e. the materials will be reused or recycled so that they do not end up in a landfill.
Earth Day means different things to different people, celebrities, and corporations. Some use it as a way to cherish the environment, some use it as a celebration with their beloved, and some use it to influence others to preserve the environment.
I think that social media and digital business has done great things for Earth’s Day. It’s a way to show others that we care and that we are acting. However, I feel that simply posting beautiful Earth pictures on social media shouldn’t annihilate our responsibility to the Earth, and we still have to take actions.
How did you celebrate Earth Day? Checking beautiful Instagram pictures of our Earth? Checking what celebrities are doing for the environment? Doing yourself something for the environment? Do you think social media makes us more inclined to simply post pictures and yet refrain from responsibility and action? Or posting pictures on social media is simply another way to commemorate Earth?
Would be happy to hear your thoughts!