Celebrate Earth Day EVERY Day

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The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970 and was the brainchild of Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin. He believed that our Earth and the environment were important issues that were not being addressed in politics or the media. On that first Earth Day, an estimated 20 million people participated in festivities across the country and ultimately led to national legislation such as the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act. Fast forward almost 40 years and today more than 1 billion people participate in Earth Day activities, making it the largest secular civic event in the world! Earth Day is now observed in 140 nations with outdoor performances, exhibits, street fairs and television programs that focus on environmental issues. So, tell us, how do YOU celebrate Mother Earth?

There are so many ways that you can appreciate the environment. Here are just a few ideas:

  • Pitch in on an Earth Day project near you. Check the newspaper for listings, or explore this link for local events: http://earthday.net/search/node.
  • Join an environmental group. Sierra Club and Clean Water Network are two wonderful organizations, but click here for a complete list.
  • Buy a few large canvas shopping bags and take them along when you do your grocery shopping. Choose bags that are big and strong enough to do the job and attractive enough that you’ll want to use them.
  • Plant some trees in your neighborhood. Planting trees helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and cleans the air.
  • Leave your car at home and walk every chance you get. The fewer cars on the road, the less Co2 emissions in the air.
  • Most importantly, remember that all of these things can be done year round. Don’t wait until Earth Day to do your part!

The Earth is your home. Treat it with the same care and respect that you give to your own living space. Earth Day comes once a year, but we’ll be living on Planet Earth for centuries to come. Let’s do our part to make sure that it stays beautiful.

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