Zero Emission Day – Press Pause and Enjoy


September is an eventful month, there is the Amazon Rainforest Day, World Clean Up Day and the Zero Emission Day! You must be wondering why there are so many days and what is Zero Emission Day. First of all, there’s so many days because there is not awareness surrounding the topic each day is meant for and these days not only raise awareness they are about taking action too. Second, Zero Emission is another important call to action day like World Clean Up Day, where anyone can participate in and do something good and ethical.

Zero Emission Day

Zero Emission Day Poster
So what is Zero Emission Day? Zero Emission Day is one day where organizations and individuals try to reduce their emission within that 24 hours, particularly the emission of fossil fuel. Not only is this day hoping to benefit the environment, but also the people, give people a break, give earth a break by stopping all general activities. With one day of break, the air might be cleaner the next day, the area might be more peaceful.

Zero Emission Day’s Purpose

The purpose of this Zero Emission Day is to give earth a day off, where there is minimal to no fossil fuel emissions, and other types of emissions could be considered harmful for the environment. The aim of Zero Emission Day is to hope to stop the ongoing activities on earth and just take a break. Especially since September 21st is also known as the UN International Peace Day. Where all violence, wars, and ongoing activities are on pause.

The Start

Zero Emission Day actually has a long history dating back to the 1980s. However, it didn’t officially become a thing until 2008. It started with a simple website A Global Moratorium on Fossil Fuel Combustion on September 21 to a facebook community that spread like wildfire. With many environmental activities, scientists, and celebrities joining, the group got bigger and bigger. Now it is a global event, where everyone should press pause on September 21st, to celebrate peace and zero emission. Where organizations gather together to create technology or communities that can make a difference.

Zero Emission Day’s Guideline

Zero Emission Day is focusing on fossil fuel emission
The Zero Emission Day’s Guideline is rather simple. There is only 4 rules:

  1. Don’t use or burn oil or gas or coal.
  2. Minimize (or eliminate) your use of electricity generated by fossil fuels.
  3. Don’t put anyone in harm’s way: All essential and emergency services operate normally.
  4. Do your best, have fun, enjoy the day!

(Zero Emission Day)

These 4 simple guidelines are essential to Zero Emission Day. The first one focuses on the idea to reduce fossil fuel emissions, all earth to take a break from all the harmful pollution and so on. Which is good both for the earth and us humans, as the air we consume is often polluted. Similar to the first guideline, it wants to reduce fuel fossil burning through electricity, however, knowing that for some people it might be impossible to cut it out entirely it is suggesting minimizing. Number 3 is a side note for number 1 and 2, that even though it is good that you want to reduce the emissions, we must not put others at risk. Those that need electricity should be able to use it. Last but not least, the most important one, like taking a day off, it is important to enjoy Zero Emission Day. Do some activities that involve zero emissions, such as walking instead of driving, go out into nature instead staying at home with tv or laptop.

Anyone can Join!

Doesn’t Zero Emission Day just seem like a wonderful day? A day to press pause and just enjoy, according to guideline number 4. And it really should be because not only is it a day off for us humans, but for the earth. Even though one day is not going to fix the problem entirely, it is important to know that we humans have the ability to save the earth. The power to make new technology to help reduce the harm that we are causing and the best thing is that anyone can participate in Zero Emission Day. In fact, it is best if more people can participate in Zero Emission Day. Share it with you friends, family, and even your work. Make it a day that truly the earth is taking a day off.

I hope you enjoy this quick explanation of what Zero Emission Day is and why we should all be part of it. If you like to know more about environmentally friendly information, ethical lifestyle and so on. Please feel free to check out our other articles!

Ken Wallace, Sealevel Communications. “About Zero Emissions Day.” Zero Emissions Day. Web. 29 Sept. 2020. <>.
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Author: Monica Chang
On my own ethical journey since 2010. Always happy to learn more!