What Is Earth Day?

Home & Family, Living Green
on November 1, 2011

Everyone knows what a birthday is, but not everyone knows what Earth Day is. Brush up on the facts, and spread the news.

When is Earth Day? The first Earth Day took place on April 22, 1970. More than 40 years later, Earth Day is still celebrated on April 22. Since the original Earth Day, considered by many to mark the birth of the environmental movement, our planet has benefited from the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and many other environmental laws. According to the Earth Day Network, more than a billion people around the globe participate in Earth Day activities, making it the largest civic observance in the world.

What to do on Earth Day? Most birthdays involve the wrapping of gifts, the use of disposable cups and plates, and a whole lot of extra packaging. Earth Day activists would have you avoid the waste involved with a normal birthday party and embrace methods to improve the environment instead. Earth Day organizers urge participants to make a commitment to the environment and a commitment to take environmental action. Commitment ideas include urging and educating others on how to be more environmentally friendly and creating a plan for your family to be more environmentally conscious.

What can you do on Earth Day? Not everyone’s a big fan of committing to an organization, yet most people want to be environmentally friendly. The Mother Nature network recommends several ways to be more environmentally friendly on Earth Day. They include plugging appliances into power strips and cutting off power to them when not in use, testing windows and doors for leaks, fixing leaky faucets and pipes, starting a compost pile or planting a tree.

How can you celebrate Earth Day year-round? Being environmentally friendly one day a year falls way short of Earth Day’s goals. Celebrate Earth Day year-round by planting trees, using environmentally friendly landscaping, learning more about the environment, reusing and recycling, picking up litter and teaching others about the environment.