April 22 is Earth Day and for many around the world this means getting out there to work toward a better environment. Of course, the ability to have a happy Earth Day isn’t limited to the armies of citizen volunteers who plant trees, clean rubbish or participate in rallies – anybody can get involved on any level.
Read on to learn more about the origins of the Earth Day movement, their goal for 2016, and our suggestion for how you can live the Earth Day spirit every day.Learn how to make every day #EarthDay with nothing but a #bicycle. Click To Tweet
The origins of Earth Day
Earth Day was born out of one of many activist movements in the turbulent 1970s. The importance of the concerns raised at the time (and the slow progress of governing bodies in addressing them) has seen it gain momentum over the decades with keystone events in 1990, 2000 and 2010 – which saw 250,000 rally in Washington, D.C. – displaying a renewal of the Earth Day spirit and a raising of environmental awareness in the public eye.
April 22, then, has become an annual day to take stock of the progress made toward eliminating or minimizing the impact of threats to the environment. In aiming to keep these concerns at the fore of the national consciousness, Earth Day has united groups fighting specific threats into a global movement that gains strength from each group’s underlying ambition of saving the environment.
The theme for Earth Day 2016 is Trees For The Earth and the goal is not modest: organizers are hoping to spur the planting of 7.8 billion trees.
Cycling to a happy Earth Day
Of course, the intention of Earth Day is to move toward more sustainable practices that ensure a cleaner environment. One great way to do so is to move away from driving your car (and generating the associated emissions) and ride your bicycle instead.
Cyclists from all over the world are ditching their cars (and peak hour traffic) and cycling to and from work. Some governments and private organizations have gone so far as to set up point-to-point networks of bicycles that allow riders to borrow and return bikes when needed, like this one in Melbourne. The setup aims to reduce congestion in city centres by keeping cars off the road for trips of shorter distances.
Cyclists also have it good here in Sydney, and the government is continually working to make it even better. Dedicated bicycle lanes are being built around the CBD and throughout the suburbs to keep cyclists safe during their commute and other two-wheeled travels. You can read all about it and check out an interactive map of existing bicycle routes on the Sydney Cycleways website and before long you’ll be off and cycling to a happy Earth Day (and days in between)!Learn how easy it is to start commuting by #bicycle. Click To Tweet
Keeping the earth (Blrt) green
There’s no better way to get your volunteer army on the same page than Blrt. Use it to give directions to your team or to plot out the locations for the trees you’re aiming to plant. Get started saving the planet today:
Blrt helps you get your point across quickly by allowing you to talk, point and draw over images, documents and websites. The resulting video-like recording is called a Blrt.
Your Blrts require much less bandwidth than video and can be shared with anyone on mobile or desktop. This makes Blrt ideal for both collaboration and the creation and sharing of dynamic content, as public Blrts can be embedded into any webpage.
Once recorded, Blrts are stored in the cloud and are exchanged with others in a conversation-like fashion. A record is kept of the exchange, and new parties and media can be added at any time.
Blrt shifts time and place, allowing users in a conversation to participate in their own time. In an era where activity-based working and distributed teams are commonplace, Blrt is revolutionising the way people interact to get things done.