Here’s A Day Worth Celebrating Globally!

Forty-six years ago, Earth received a birthday present from millions of Americans. This April 22, our planet will be the center of yet another anniversary celebration.

It was April 22, 1970 when the first Earth Day made its debut in the United States. Founded by Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. senator, Earth Day is said to be based on anti-Vietnam War demonstrations that Nelson witnessed on college campuses. The story goes that these demonstrations were organized to educate people about the war, and that Nelson adopted this strategy to educate society about the environment.

Why did Nelson pick April 22? He figured it was the best time for college students to get involved. There were no exams or spring break, and the date didn’t conflict with religious holidays like Easter or Passover. Plus, Mother Nature was more likely to cooperate with warmer weather.

But did you know that Nelson wasn’t the only one to come up with the idea of an Earth Day? John McConnell, a newspaper publisher and influential community activist, proposed the idea of a global holiday called Earth Day at a UNESCO Conference on the Environment in 1969. He called for an annual observance as a reminder to people that they share responsibility as environmental stewards. A year later, on March 21, an internationally recognized Earth Day was celebrated.

No matter who is credited for the holiday, Earth Day has become a global phenomenon. People are encouraged to do their part to make Earth a cleaner, greener place to live. Activities that are held include the cleanup of parks, rivers, streams, and roadsides, and planting of flowers and trees.

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Here are some other suggestions to show Earth that you really care:

  • Make a rain barrel to capture water for gardens and flower beds.
  • Build bird houses and feeders.
  • Bike or carpool to work.
  • Print on both sides of paper.
  • Use refillable water bottles instead of plastic disposable bottles of water.
  • Drink coffee from a reusable mug.
  • Use paper products made of recyclable materials.
  • Take full advantage of recycling programs in your community.
  • Pack lunches in reusable bags.
  • Turn off lights when you leave a room.
  • Adjust the thermostat in your home to higher/lower temperatures (depending on the season) when you’re not there.
  • Set up a collection day for unwanted cell phones at work and donate them to a non-profit agency that can reuse them.

And remember that Earth Day doesn’t have to be recognized only once a year – it can be a year-round celebration!

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