Earth Day is a global event observed on two different dates, dependent upon the area. Some observe Earth day annually on April 22, others choose to observe it on the March Equinox. Earth Day is not a public holiday and is not to be confused with Earth Hour - a time in which countries around the globe commit to reduce their carbon emissions in order to fight climate change.
Earth Day is a time to celebrate " with outdoor performances, where individuals or groups perform acts of service to earth. Typical ways of observing Earth Day include planting trees, picking up roadside trash, conducting various programs for recycling and conservation, using recyclable containers for snacks and lunches. Some people are encouraged to sign petitions to governments, calling for stronger or immediate action to stop global warming and to reverse environmental destruction. Television stations frequently air programs dealing with environmental issues." - www.timeanddate.com
The Earth Day that is observed on April 22 was founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970. Originally created to bring awareness to ecology, the increasing problems associated with air, water and soil pollution, and respect for the planet.
The Earth Day observed during the March equinox, also called Equinox Earth Day, was founded by John McConnell. Margaret Mead, an American Anthropologist, joined in the support of this Earth Day in 1978. She believed the March equinox made it easier to share the event worldwide.
How can you celebrate Earth Day?
For starters : You can celebrate it EVERY DAY!
REDUCE - Shrink the size of waste products. Use fewer paper products on a daily basis. Compact boxes and trash so they take up less space. Be conscious of how much electricity you use. Group errands that must be made with your car to help reduce emissions and gas usage.
REUSE - Don't buy single use items. Donate old clothing, shoes, furniture, books, ... to thrift stores. One person's trash is another person's treasure. Pinterest and other online sites make it easy to learn new ways to use old products.
RECYCLE - 50% of landfill items could be recycled. Recycling gives your old items new life. It's very easy to set up recycling with your local disposal company or simply drop the items into bins you find in your community. Glass, Metal, Aluminum, Paper...can all be turned into new items.
RESTORE - Give new life to those dusty, outdated, less flashy items cluttering up your garage. You can turn an old headboard or footboard into a bench. Old windows may be cleaned up and repainted to become picture frames. Turn an old rusty tricycle into a plant stand.
REPLENISH - Give back to the Earth. Plant a tree or even a garden. Think of ways the Earth can benefit from what you plant. Planting a tree helps clean the air, may bear fruit and can become a home to wildlife. Wash your car with rain water.
By making a few changes, we can all help Mother Earth and her resources, not only last, but hopefully thrive as well. When you Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Restore, and Replenish, you're Saving :
- Natural Resources
- Landfill Space
- Even the Air we breath by Reducing Pollution
Happy Earth Day 2015!
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