2020 is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Each time April 22 comes around, it's a good time to ask, not what your earth can do for you, but ask what you can do for your earth! We should be doing is thanking the planet that allows us to live on it all year-round, but at least we dedicate one day each year for celebration!
There are many ways to celebrate Earth Day such as, make a cake for the earth, clean up the earth by going to a local beach, park, or just a simple sidewalk and pick up trash. You could think and talk about some of your favorite memories on earth. Or simply get outside! Step outside to see and remember why the earth has its own international holiday. That once-a-year reminder could be enough to last to the next Earth Day and encourage you to take care of your planet.
Earth Day started in 1970 by Senator Gaylord Nelson from Wisconsin after a massive oil spill ravaged parts of Santa Barbara. Senator Nelson was inspired to begin a movement by growing awareness of air and water pollution. The movement gained traction and built a staff to host events across the country on a specific day. To encourage youth involvement, he chose April 22 because it fell between spring break and finals for college students. As his movement grew, they settled on the name "Earth Day." By the end of 1970, the first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of other environmental laws. Earth Day became an international holiday in 1990.
Now, 50 years later, we continue to celebrate and fight for the earth we know and love so much.
It's Easy Being Green!
- Go for a walk instead of a drive
- If you need to purchase water, get jugs instead of bottles
- Plant a garden
- Store leftovers in reusable containers instead of plastic bags
- When ordering online, request recycled packaging from the seller when possible
- A bike tour around the neighborhood is a great way to visit people from a distance
- Compost your coffee grounds (you can make your own system or contact Apple Rabbit Composing)
- Be aware of increased energy consumption due to staying at home
We understand that COVID-19 changed many of our plans for celebrating Earth Day, but it doesn't have to stop us! For ideas on how to celebrate or become involved, even remotely, visit the Earth Day website or the Arbor Day Foundation. Arbor Day is tomorrow, April 24.