As Earth Month kicks off today Disney announced a new initiative called Disney Planet Possible. This is a collection of efforts that Disney is doing that includes “reducing our environmental footprint, caring for wildlife and their habitats, and creating stories that inspire action.” Disney says that Disney Planet Possible is “tangible actions we’re taking to put possibility into practice and inspire optimism for a brighter, more sustainable future.”
Throughout April, Disney will be celebrating the spirit of Disney Planet Possible and sharing stories of how people are helping protect the planet. Disney will also be highlighting its different commitments and actions as well.
One way that will be utilized throughout Earth Month is a “picture what’s possible” initiative where people are encouraged to share images of what gives them hope for the planet’s future with the hashtag #DisneyPlanet Possible.
Disney is also going to share its commitments to environmental sustainability, and conservation and also share inspirational stories throughout the month.
Disney shared some of its sustainability efforts that follow its commitment to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions for direct operations, reducing waste, building more sustainably, and developing packaging and products that lessen Disney’s environmental footprint. All of these were part of the goals Disney put forward for 2030. Here are a few of the things that Disney shared that it has made progress on:
- Announced two new solar facilities in collaboration with local utility providers expected to come online near Walt Disney World Resort in 2023. These facilities – along with existing solar sources – will power up to 40% of the resort’s annual electricity needs. More to come on this later today – stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog to learn more!
- Installed solar arrays at Castaway Cay and Hong Kong Disneyland.
- Diverted 61% of total Company operational waste from landfills.
- Launched plastic-free packaging for a line of classic dolls.
The announcement for Disney Planet Possible also shared some of its conservation efforts. The following was shared on the Disney Parks Blog:
Conservation: Since 1995, the Disney Conservation Fund (DCF) has invested more than $120 million to help protect more than 1,000 species, support community heroes, and provided millions of nature experiences to kids around the world. Through Disney Conservation Team Wildlife, Disney cast members continue to lead the charge for biodiversity protection in Disney’s own backyard and beyond, including efforts to provide habitat for monarch butterflies in California and purple martin birds in Florida; safeguard sea turtles outside of Disney’s Vero Beach Resort; and restore coral reefs at Disney’s Castaway Cay in The Bahamas.
Disney also shared about the inspirational stories it will be releasing throughout the month on the Disney Parks Blog post:
Inspirational Stories: This Earth Month, Disney’s streaming services and TV networks are using the power of storytelling to inspire connection with our planet and all who call it home. Disney+ will take viewers on a journey around the world in our Earth Month collection, exploring the diversity of our planet with the release of Disneynature’s “Polar Bear,” National Geographic’s “Explorer: The Last Tepui,” and National Geographic’s “The Biggest Little Farm: The Return.” Additionally, ABC News will air “Hidden Climate Heroes,” an Earth Day Special highlighting the people and organizations making an impact in their communities through climate change solutions. In addition, National Geographic’s Earth Month campaign will spotlight key stories around the theme of “Explore and Restore,” with content being available at natgeo.com throughout April.
Disney continues to work to protect and preserve the planet. Disney Planet Possible is one more way that Disney continues to demonstrate its commitment to the planet. More about this initiative can be found at DisneyPlanetPossible.com.
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