Earth Day 2016 is on April 22nd. Here are a couple questions for you:
- Did you know that the theme this year is Trees for the Earth?
- Did you know that President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping will sign the historic Paris climate agreement on Earth Day together?
- Did you know that over one billion people in 192 countries will take action on Earth Day this year?
To be honest, we didn't know any of these, either. But isn't expanding our breadth of knowledge what life is all about?
Anyways, enough about that. Let's take a look at what some organizations and companies are doing to make the earth a better place, on Earth Day and beyond.
Apple Apps for Earth Day 2016
As could be expected, Apple launched a new Earth Day partnership this year. Most evident will be the green leaf on the Apple logo at more than 100 retail locations around the world. But that leaf will also be on some of your favorite apps. Through April 24, Apple will donate 100% of the proceeds from 27 popular apps to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and its efforts to protect the environment from climate change. The apps include Kendall and Kylie Jenner's app, Map My Run+, and VSCO, will make up Apple's Apps for Earth collection.
Outdoor footwear company KEEN has a documentary which, naturally, documents their cross-country road trip advocating for the protection of 3 million acres of public lands, which premieres on Earth Day 2016 in San Francisco. Check out the trailer here:
Fashionable Earth Day 2016 Looks
In view of the fast-approaching Earth Day 2016, fast-fashion house H&M wants to give you money for your old clothes. From April 18-24, the brand will give shoppers a 30 percent discount in exchange for outgrown, hole-ridden or no longer trendy garments. It aims to collect 1,000 tons of old clothes, which is 2,000,000 pounds, which is a lot of ugly clothes that your kids will for sure laugh at when they see a hologram of 2016 you in 2031.
Earth Day 2016 Volunteerism
Here is a very cool map with Earth Day 2016 events across the globe. You can see what's going on in your area if you get the volunteerism urge and/or marvel at the sheer scope of the mass mobilization of people around the world for Earth Day 2016.
Also, if you're looking for some places to donate to, or fundraise for, in honor of Earth Day 2016, check out these environmental charities on CrowdRise.