Earth day is considered to be a global holiday that celebrates the wonders of life that can be seen or unseen on our planet. This holiday also serves as a day to make us aware of the need to preserve necessary ecological balances that are required to sustain life on our planet.
April 22nd, of 1970 was the first official Earth Day celebration that was a result of the U.S. Senator of Wisconsin at the time, Gaylord Nelson's effort to bring environmental issues to the forefront. Since Nelson's dream was of a healthy and thriving planet with caring and loving inhabitants, he proposed the idea for a "teach-in" on environment issues. From this idea sprang the first Earth Day celebration.
On the first celebration in New York City, over 20 million Americans gathered, marched, and peacefully demonstrated in order to participate and address issues that were causing our planet harm, such as air and water pollution.
Because of this environmental movement, it encouraged the U.S. Congress to even "Think Green." Bills such as the Endangered Species Act and the bill that eventually formed the Environmental Protection Agency.
Today, there are over thousands of groups and millions of activists that are striving to reduce and eliminate some of these similar issues but also including littering, global warming, endangered species, and many more.
How You Can Help!
Quit Littering! When you have trash, make sure to throw away your non-recyclable garbage into a proper container. If you are feeling especially helpful, you can organize a litter cleanup in our nearby neighborhood, school, or local business.
Save Energy! Simple things like turning off the lights or TV when you are the last person to leave the room, or shutting your windows when the air conditioning is on (and vice-versa, turn off the AC when the windows are all wide open!) are simple ways to save energy. Do you drive every day to work or to run quick errands? Why not walk or bike to work or the grocery store, especially on days when the weather is great!
Conserve Water! There are a bunch of ways to conserve water in your daily life. First example: don't let the water run while you're brushing your teeth or washing the dishes. Another idea: take quicker showers!
Protect Wildlife! Dispose of your trash properly, this will help reduce the garbage that blows into animals habitats (that sometimes they mistake for food). Hang a bird feeder on a tree in your front or backyard. Have a little extra time this weekend? Plant a tree in your yard that will not only provide shade, but it will also give birds and other small animals a home.
12 Random Facts About Earth Day
1. In 2012 on Earth Day, more than 100,000 people in China rode bikes to reduce CO2 emissions and save fuel.
2. More than 100 billion pieces of junk mail are delivered to homes in the United Sates every year!
3. Recycling, reusing, and re-manufacturing account for about 3.1 million jobs in the United States.
4. When celebrating Earth Day, some communities make it a "Car-Free Day"
5. Companies such as Staples have participated in Earth Day. For example, Staples introduced office paper that was made entirely without new trees.
6. While Earth Day originated in the USA, it soon went global and by 2000, more than 180 countries participated.
7. In 2009, the United Nations renamed the day Mother Earth Day (although it does not seem to be catching in the United States).
8. By recycling one can of aluminum, it saves the same amount of energy it takes to watch TV for three hours, which is equivalent to half a gallon of gasoline
9. Only 11% of the Earth's surface is used to grow food
10. The garbage in landfills stays in the ground for close to 30 years
11. One bus carries as many people as 40 cars! Utilize Public Transportation when you can!
12. 14 billion pounds of trash is dumped into the ocean every year, which brings us to our first point of how you can help!
RedShelf hopes this post inspires you to do something that will benefit our planet for our a brighter future!