Today, Sunday April 22nd 2018 is the 48th annual celebration of Earth Day! What do you know about Earth Day?
It is a day dedicated to gathering, tidying up our environment, and raising awareness regarding environmental issues such as pollution, global warming, and climate change. But shouldn’t we be doing that everyday? We are given this planet with amazing landscapes, ecosystems, and resources. We should do our part to take better care of it.
To understand better why we have this special day, here’s a little background info: The day was founded by US senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970. Nelson was motivated to educate the public about the environment following the Santa Barbra oil spill in 1969. On the first ever Earth Day celebration held in 1970 over 20 million Americans took to streets and public spaces to demonstrate and raise awareness of environmental sustainability. Within the next year, the US EPA had been created. The Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species acts were also passed.
Years later Earth Day went global celebrating the 20th anniversary. This celebration in 1990 reached 200 million people in 141 different countries.
As the 2000s approached the internet was used to organize activists. Thousands of environmental groups in 184 countries reached out to hundreds of millions of people. This mass interest demonstrated to world leaders that the people of planet earth were ready for action on global warming and clean energy.
So this day has actually had a profound impact on our Earth!
Over the years it has continued to thrive in communities across the world who recognize Earth Day on the 22nd of April each year. Community leaders schedule conferences, rallies, outdoor activities, and other unique events annually for people to partake in and help raise awareness. Check out the Earth Day activities in your local community today to get involved.
Want to make a difference not only today but every day? Below are some simple ways you can better care for the environment in your daily life. Share this list with your friends and family to make an even bigger impact.
- Use reusable grocery bags
- Use reusable water bottles
- Reduce, Reuse & Recycle!!!!
- Carpool to save on gas and reduce carbon emissions
- Buy local & in season produce
- Buy clothing made of natural/organic materials
- Buy all-natural beauty and body care products
- Invest in a compost bin to reduce the amount of trash you produce and to create your own nutrient rich soil
- Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth
- Look for products with little to no packaging
- Avoid single use products
- Turn off lights and electronics when not in use
- Close window shades in summer to keep indoor temperatures cool and reduce the need for AC units or fans
- Wash clothes in cold water and air dry them when possible
Earth Day is now considered the largest secular holiday with the participation of billions each year. Let’s all do our part to help make a difference. We only have one Earth.