Happy Earth Day!
Ahhh….Spring is all around you. The birds are chirping, trees are budding, there’s more sunlight, and the yearly observance of Earth Day is here. How did Earth Day start you ask? Let’s take a trip back in time. Gas guzzlers were ruling the road. Factories pumped black smoke in the air and polluted rivers, lakes and streams without a care or consequence. It was time for a change. Senator Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day in 1970 as a day of education about environmental issues. Twenty million people participated in the first Earth Day and it really started a movement. During the 70’s, The Clean Air and Water Acts were passed along with other acts such as the Endangered Species Act and Toxic Substances Control Act.
“Earth Day is to remind each person of his right and the equal right of each person to the use of this global home and at the same time the equal responsibility of each person to preserve and improve the Earth and the quality of the thereon.” – Proclamation for the City and County of San Francisco designating Earth Day, 1970
Today millions of people participate in Earth Day. Many cities put on events that include music, food, and speakers on environmental topics.
Here are some things we can all do for Earth Day:
- Plant a new tree
- Recycle glass, paper, and plastic
- Donate your old clothes and household goods rather than throwing them out
- Ride a bike or go for a walk rather than driving
- Volunteer for a neighborhood cleanup
- Turn off lights when not in use
- Conserve water
- Write to your Congressman about pressing environmental issues in your area
Please share some of your favorite ways to celebrate Earth Day with us in the comments section and spend some time outdoors today to enjoy all that nature has to offer.