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Love Our Earth: 6 Topics Designers Want You to Know on Earth Day

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April 22nd is Earth Day. In April, we’ve had Earth Hour, we have March for Science, and we’ll have Peoples Climate March: More than ever, we need more knowledge about the planet to protect our home, support our actions and back our stories.

Along with earth-loving designers on Pinkoi, we’ve listed some interesting knowledge and tips for putting love into action. Together, all of us can join in on the theme for this year’s Earth Day: Environmental and Climate Literacy.

 

First, some interesting information about constructions and wildlife:

Defenders of Wildlife opposes the construction of a wall along the US southern border with Mexico. “A 2,000-mile stretch of land […] contains some of the most biodiverse ecosystems on the North America continent. More than 450 rare species live here—some cannot be found anywhere else on the planet. At least 700 neotropical birds, mammals, and insects migrate through the borderlands each year.” —Krista Schyler

 

From Katie & Barbie at Gifu Cosme:  

Give wild animals their space.

When you are watching wildlife, don’t try to get too close. Leave enough space between you and them so they can go on with hunting, resting or whatever they need space to do. If animals are disturbed or frightened, especially when they are mating or raising baby animals, they might abandon their nests. Trying to get close to animals will disturb wildlife or expose them to their predators.

 

From Nicole at Earth Friend:

Pee in the shower.

On average, 24% of the water used at home is used on flushing toilets, ranging from 1 to seven gallons per flush. Peeing in the shower could save one person 1,095 liters of water every year—not to mention saving on toilet paper.

 

From Ama at inBlooom:

Join a coastal cleanup and witness the damage we’ve done.

Join a coastal cleanup, even if it seems like the garbage will never get cleared, because we are here for more than picking up trash. The real impact is when we witness how the waste we produce could end up in the ocean, polluting the sea. Directly experiencing the damage we’ve done to earth can make a great change in us, and we can pass on this impact through our own social networks and public media.

 

From Daria and Anastasia at February First:

Our environmental advice is to buy expensive garments.

We all understand that if a top costs less than your lunch, it is not ok: it means that this garment was made by exploited labors. We welcome customers to email us for detailed costs of our garments and understand the prices that go into producing a garment. No one needs 20 coats—it is better to buy only one and know that this garment was made by happy people in good working conditions. Trust us, you can always feel the joy or the despair of the seamstress, for example, when you wear your new garment.

 

From Tinnie at Tinnietiny:

Eating whatever fish we want regardless of season and place harms our environment.

We’ve heard of slow food, we know the advantages of organic produce, but we are relatively uneducated about fish sources. Making conscious decisions about what fish we eat at a certain time and place can make a big environmental impact.

In supermarkets or in sushi restaurants, we can read labels about the species, where it comes from, the production method and the level of impact. The Slow Fish movement is too complex of a matter to offer universal guidelines and certificates, so what’s really important is that we become conscious and curious about our fishing practices.  

 

As long as we are here, we can keep learning and growing to make Earth as beautiful as it could possibly be!

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Text/Edit: Melissa

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