Did you know that April 22 is Earth Day? In 2020, over 100 million people worldwide celebrated the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, driving awareness and actionable learning around environmental issues with activities focused on education, conservation, citizen science, cleanup and more.
In a January 2020 announcement, Microsoft laid out ambitious company-level goals for sustainability including: being carbon negative by 2030, removing historical carbon emissions by 2050, and establishing a $1B climate innovation fund to invest in research in context. One year later, the Environmental Sustainability Report (read the three-part blog coverage) reviewed progress, focusing on four pillars:
Be carbon negative – remove more carbon dioxide than we emit each year.
Be water positive – put more water back into the environment than we consume.
Be zero waste -- encourage redesign of resource lifecycles to eliminate or reduce waste.
Support healthy ecosystems – collect and analyze data to understand ecosystems, stop decline.
This is progress at organization scale. But you might be asking yourself -- "how can I educate myself on the issues and contribute to, or advocate for, sustainable living and engineering practices in my community and workplace?" We're glad you asked!
Here are a few resources to get you started on your learning journey:
GreenTech blog - read articles on best practices and insights from experts and practitioners.
What you do: Check out the resource and respond to the prompt using a visual (sketchnote or doodle) with insights.
Share the visual on Twitter and tag it #EarthDay #VisualGreenTech
We'll collate all submissions and feature them in a segment on the #HelloWorldLive show on EarthDay (Apr 22)
Submit responses to as many prompts as you like, as many times as you want to. The goal is to create awareness around those topics and share our own learnings and perspectives in context. Want a sneak peek at the prompts in advance?check out the gallery here.
But wait. There's one more thing!
Share a Sketch. Plant A Tree!
Along with featuring all submitted visual Earth Day images, we will also work with Ecosia to plant 1,000 trees in honor of all #VisualGreenTech challenge participants to help tackle climate change. Yes, that's right! Let's give back to the earth and learn more about sustainability in the process.
Have questions? Leave us a comment on this post!And let’s make a difference to this planet.