In 1970, the first Earth Day was organized in the United States, amidst a political landscape filled with grassroots organizations fighting for social justice, and a growing societal consciousness about a wide array of political, social, economic, and environmental issues.
Today, Earth Day has grown to become a global event, reaching over 1 billion people in over 190 different countries. Earth Day calls for individuals, businesses, and governments to enact change and create policies on all levels that help protect our planet and ensure a sustainable future.
Similarly to 1970, our current social climate is filled with organizations of all sizes working together to enact positive change. This spirit of transformation and determination is exactly what Earth Day is all about - empowering communities of all sizes to get involved and actively work to help the planet!
In many ways, the stage has been set, just as it was when Earth Day first began, for a massive wave of change and global action in an effort to combat the effects of climate change and return our world to a healthier, more sustainable, state.
Here at Issuu, we understand just how important it is for larger companies and organizations to make steps towards a more sustainable future.
As a digital publishing company, the nature of our business itself helps improve the environment. Digital publishing saves an immense amount of paper each year, and every piece of paper saved helps repair our world.
Between March 2020 and March 2021 there were 1,588,139,035 digital publication reads on Issuu.
And over 32 Billion pages were read.
And if a single tree makes about 8,333 sheets of paper...
We estimate that our Issuu publishing community has saved 3,811,686 trees in the past year alone!
Earth Day has mobilized billions of people since its creation in 1970, and has helped make drastic improvements to the environment and living conditions of people all around the world. But this work is not done yet! Climate change is still very real, and part of the effort to combat climate change involves educating yourself about what it is and how it occurs.
There are many amazing resources that can help you learn more about climate change, including the NASA: Global Climate Change website. As listed on this website, there are a variety of indicators that irrefutably demonstrate the earth’s rapid climate change. These factors include:
Global temperature rise
Shrinking ice sheets
Decreased snow cover
Sea level rise
Declining Arctic sea ice
As a global society, it is up to all of us to work in whatever way we can to help save the environment, from the largest corporations, down to the smallest individual acts. So what can you do to help improve the environment and make an impact this Earth Day? The Earth Day website is an amazing resource that enables individuals to learn more about the history of the event, and get involved at a local level. Simple input your email and zip code and find the event that is happening in your local community.
The Earth Day website is an amazing resource that enables individuals to learn more about the history of the event, and get involved at a local level. Simply input your email and zip code and find the event that is happening in your local community.
Take part in Issuu’s Earth Day offer, that allows you to upgrade your publishing experience on Issuu while also giving back to the environment. Sign up for an Issuu account or upgrade your current account before midnight PST on Thursday April 22nd and you will receive a 25% off discount (new users use code: earthday25). Issuu will match your savings with a donation to The Nature Conservancy, a global nonprofit dedicated to conservation efforts in over 70 countries.
Learn more about other environmental organizations and companies that publish their amazing content on Issuu by taking a look at our last Earth Day post on the Issuu Blog.
Share this post with your friends and family, and engage in meaningful conversations about the environment and what we can all do every day to protect it!
This Earth Day, let's work to repair our world both on the individual and global level, by uniting to work towards a truly shared human cause, the state of our planet. The message of Earth Day is a message that transcends our individual differences and political perspectives, and can act as a starting point for an international community that is based around compassion, understanding, and the experiences we all share as people living on the same planet.
And don’t forget, sign up or upgrade and help Issuu plant trees!