Image of planet earth with a plant growing from it, alongside 'Earth Day' text.

Today is Earth Day, an annual event held on April 22, a day where environmental issues take centre stage. It is designed to shine a light on the serious environmental problems we’re facing, from the climate crisis to air pollution and deforestation.

The event first held in 1970, led to 20 million people across the US taking to the streets – around 10 per cent of the country’s population at the time.

The annual event now brings together nearly 1 billion people in more than 193 countries around the world, in support of the environment, highlighting the urgent action we need to take to save our planet.

A report from the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in March was described as a “final warning” from scientists, with experts saying that the current action being taken to keep global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius is “insufficient”, however insisting that it’s not too late to take action and “secure a liveable, sustainable future for all”.

The theme for Earth Day 2023 is Invest In Our Planet and is a call for governments, businesses and individuals to invest in a better future for the planet.

Kathleen Rogers, president of Earthday.org said: “Governments can pass regulations, they can promote [a] green economy. We need to invest in innovators and innovation, but we need to do it the right way…[For] individuals it’s about investing your personal time, your political vote, investing in your community, investing your money into going green.”

There are several events taking place around the world this Earth Day, coordinated globally by EARTHDAY.ORG and as the climate crisis becomes ever more serious, we should all try to ensure that we play our part and help the planet in ways that we can. This could be by living more sustainably, making more eco-friendly fashion choices, switching to renewable energy, flying less and eating less meat, fish and dairy.

You can also join a local campaign group, donate to environmental charities such as Greenpeace and write to your local politicians to hold governments and the private sector accountable for their role in our environmental crisis, whist calling for solutions.

At Visionary Arts we also believe in the power of storytelling, which can have a positive social impact by educating audiences and helping to raise awareness that effects positive change on an individual, local, or global scale, on environmental and other social issues.

Spreading positive messages via art mediums can also help to grow particular movements by attracting and inspiring people not generally involved in or already committed to contributing to change in particular areas.

The Life and Death of Gaia, a top-6 finalist in our recent social short film competition, tells the entire life story of our Planet Earth, from birth until her eventual death, told through black-and-white images.

Directed by Jerry Toth, the thought-provoking environmental film encourages discussions focused on solutions, and concrete actions that people can take.

You can watch the full film here:

As an individual, you yield real power for change through your influence as a consumer, a voter, and a community member. Don’t underestimate your power. When your voice and actions are united with millions of others around the world, we can create an inclusive and impactful movement that is impossible to ignore – earthday.org

Visit the Earth Day website for further information:

https://www.earthday.org/

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