Environmental protection and fighting climate change are a global and daily challenge, but today’s #EarthDay is a great opportunity to start or increase your sustainability efforts. We take this day as an opportunity to launch the SPP Forest to fight deforestation and desertification. We invite all Ambassadors to join us by planting a tree and inviting peers to pledge at SPP. For every new Ambassador joining us on Earth Day, the SPP Steering Team will plant a tree.
Since it took place for the first time in 1970 in the United States the Earth Day has become an annual event on April 22 worldwide, aiming to educate and raise awareness about the ecological problems our planet is facing, and to demonstrate support for environmental protection. On Earth Day 2016 the Paris Agreement has been signed and last year, at its 50th anniversary, more than 100 million people observed the Earth Day 2020 event, which is considered the ‘largest online mass mobilization in history’. This year, according to United Nations Climate Change (UNCC), on this Earth Day 2021 we “will again see more than 1 billion people participating in activities around the world to draw attention to the urgency of the climate crisis and environmental degradation and the need for immediate action.”
On four days this week a program will take place worldwide. To name a few: the Youth Climate Summit, having climate activists such as Greta Thunberg, Alexandria Villaseñor and Licypriya Kangujam speaking. The “Teach for the Planet: Global Education Summit” will discuss how the foundation for future-oriented thinking in education can and must be laid.
How do we rebuild the world?
The global Covid-19 crisis has not only brought to light our vulnerability but highlighted the connection between climate and health and made it clear that our continued existence depends on the environment. How we treat and to protect it, it depends on us.
This years’ theme #RestoreEarth underlines the urgent need to transform our communities, businesses, and societies and embed sustainability as the interface in our decisions and actions. It is a global call to action, to protect the environment and to give back and rebuild our planet.
Impact starts with “I”
Greta Thunberg might be the best example to show that everyone can drive change and create a positive impact. Since its founding in 2019 the Sustainable Procurement Pledge has grown from just a hand full of people at the beginning to a global and continuously growing community of ambassadors that have pledged and personally committed themselves to drive sustainability in procurement and supply chains. Environmental protection obviously is one of the core themes in this area and for SPP. Therefore, we decided to take concrete action to #RestoreEarth and support the Earth Day.
Growing from today: The SPP Forest
Planting trees of course will not solve the global challenge of GHG and carbon emission reduction to reach the 1.5° limit of the Paris Agreement – but it is about acknowledging the challenge and taking an individual concrete action that is possible for everyone, it is also about engaging and motivating others to take part. A single tree does not have much impact, but a forest has and can positively impact local communities. From today’s Earth Day we will start planting and growing a SPP Forest to help restoring our planet. Already some trees have been planted by our steering team fight deforestation and desertification.
Plant your SPP.EARTH tree
As said, one tree will not change the world, therefore we need your support to grow the SPP forest. Join us and plant your SPP tree today.
What you need to do? It’s quite easy:
- Visit our SPP.EARTH forest, choose and buy your tree (trees cost from 0,50 to 5 EUR)
- Invite your peers to pledge at SPP and join our LinkedIn group – for every new Ambassador joining us on Earth Day the SPP Steering Team will buy one additional tree!
- Spread the word about SPP and Earth Day on social media – engage and inspire your network!
Let’s drive change and #RestoreEarth together!
The SPP Steering Team