First founded in 1970, Earth Day was meant to seize the power of education through campus-wide teach-ins to spark conversation, engage local communities and inform change, focusing on environmental issues. Today, the day is widely recognised as the largest observance globally, marked by billions of people as a day of action to change human behaviour, provoke policy changes that focus on the environment.
In the past, Earth Day was greatly recognised and done by many communities. Today, businesses are joining the bandwagon to take part in the movement and adopt them as part of the corporate responsibility program. The celebration is also a good opportunity for businesses to raise environmental awareness and support initiatives to reduce, reuse, and recycle.
Microsoft, for example, launched a pilot program of sustainability captains to support the Earth Day movement. The program focused on a range of environmental issues and solving them by enabling “green teams” in implementing in-house initiatives, including working with facilities on lighting and heating issues, running brown-bag lunch presentations on green topics and educating co-workers one-on-one.
Not only can Earth Day be utilised to help the environment, but employers can also use it as a way to help employees appreciate and get involved more in the community, boosting their life wellness and wellbeing. Here are some five ideas to start:
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