Earth Day 2023: Invest In Our Planet

April 22nd is Earth Day! This year, we are rallying behind the theme, “Invest In Our Planet” which highlights the importance of dedicating our time, resources, and energy to solving climate change and other environmental issues. Our Trash Free Hawaii campaign focuses on reduction of waste because it has the potential to end up in our storm drains and waterways, but solid waste also contributes directly to greenhouse gas emissions. Solid waste combustion facilities and the anaerobic decay of waste in landfills produce methane and nitrous oxide, two gases that are extremely harmful to the planet.

According to the Hawaii Wildlife Fund, approximately 15 to 20 tons of trash wash up on the shores of our islands every year. While this waste may not affect climate change immediately, it greatly impacts our wildlife. Animals, like Hawaiian monk seals and green sea turtles, can get hurt if waste gets wrapped around their necks. Many pieces of trash are also often mistaken for food. This waste fills an animal’s stomach and prevents them from eating, ultimately resulting in the animal dying from starvation.

There are countless ways that trash impacts the environment and it’s up to us to become better stewards of the land. Here are some ways you can invest in our planet this year:

The possibilities are endless and everything counts! Together, we can make sure the Earth we know and love will be here for many generations to come.


Earth Day – Invest In Our Planet

Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection – Climate Change and Waste

Earth – Plastic Pollution in Hawaii

Storm Water Hawaii – Adopt-A-Highway

Storm Water Hawaii – Baby Steps