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An image of Jerry the Sloth enjoying Earth Day in a zen state of mind.
SetuplyApr 22, 2024 11:00:00 AM1 min read

Embracing Earth Day: Taking Steps Toward a Greener Future

Hey there, friends! It's your favorite sloth, Jerry, swinging by to spread some Earth Day cheer. Today, we're celebrating our beautiful planet and all the strides we've made toward sustainability. So find a cozy spot to hang out, and let's explore some of the inspirational progress we’re seeing around the globe!

  1. Renewable Energy Is on the Rise: Did you realize that solar and wind power are more than just alternative energy sources? They're our future! Capacity additions for renewable electricity grew by almost 50% between 2022 and 2023. That's like adding a whole bunch of sunshine and breeze to our energy mix.
  2. The Great Plastic Cleanup: Communities around the world are coming together to clean up our oceans, rivers, and beaches. The Oceanic Society removed 7,449 pounds of trash from marine and coastal areas, while additional cleanups held worldwide removed 88,004 pounds of trash. That's enough to make any sea turtle do a happy dance!
  3. Forests Are Making a Comeback: Who doesn’t love a good tree-hugging session? Forest restoration efforts are in full swing, with countries pledging to plant millions of trees. India, for example, set a Guinness World Record by planting a staggering 250 million trees in a single day.
  4. Food Waste? Not on Our Watch: We're putting an end to food waste one banana peel at a time. Innovative initiatives are popping up left and right to rescue perfectly good food from ending up in the trash. The app Too Good To Go, which is available in cities across the U.S., has saved more than 3 million meals from going to waste since its launch in 2016.
  5. Electric Cars Are Zooming In: The electric vehicle revolution is picking up speed, with sales skyrocketing around the globe. In Norway, for instance, electric cars accounted for over 80% of all new car sales in 2023. It looks like the future of transportation is pretty green!

So there you have it. From renewable energy to plastic cleanup, we’re making strides across the globe to support a greener, cleaner planet. But remember, every little action counts, whether you're recycling your trash or planting a tree in your backyard.

Let's continue moving towards sustainability, one day at a time. Happy Earth Day, everyone!