Submitted by: Ebony Hutt April 22, 2020
It is the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, a day which recognises the growing environmental crisis. It began in 1970, where on this day 50 years ago, 20 million people protested the ignorance of our environmental impact and demanded change.
Fast forward 50 years, and we see individuals, companies and governments taking action to combat this crisis. We have seen the passing of The Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts and the founding of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in America. Today, Earth Day is a global event which brings people together to recognise and act upon our effect on the environment.
In a report on The Causes of Climate Change and The Role of Human Activity, NASA stated that, “In its Fifth Assessment Report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a group of 1,300 independent scientific experts from countries all over the world under the auspices of the United Nations, concluded there’s a more than 95 percent probability that human activities over the past 50 years have warmed our planet.” 
The need for climate action is clear. Without action being taken to reduce greenhouse gases, temperatures will continue to rise.
Paper is a brilliantly sustainable and renewable resource, and to celebrate #EarthDay2020 we want to share a variety of facts that show why paper and trees are a choice that is good for the environment.
- European forests store almost 80 billion tonnes of carbon in their biomass (European Environment Agency, 2015)
- The CO2 emissions of the European pulp and paper industry reduced by 26% between 2005 and 2015 (CEPI Statistics, 2017)
- Trees absorb CO2 from the atmosphere and wood and paper products store that CO2 throughout their lifetimes.
- 58% of the European pulp and paper industry’s energy consumption comes from renewable biomass. (CEPI Statistics, 2017)
- 75% of the pulp delivered to paper mills in Europe comes from independently certified forests (CEPI Sustainability Report, 2013)
- Between 2005 and 2015, European forests grew by 44,000 KM2 – that’s over 1500 football pitches everyday! (FAO, 2005-2015)
- The paper recycling rate is now 72.5%…the highest in the world! (CEPI Statistics, 2017)
You can spread the message of our climate crisis virtually and take action at home through Earth Day’s digital events.