Happy Earth Day!

Earth Day is a day that was created to promote awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment and occurs each year on April 22nd. The first Earth Day was in 1970 and was founded by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson (D-Wisconsin) as an environmental teach-in for school children. Earth Day is a day that was created to promote awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment.

  • The first Earth Day occurred in 1970 and occurs annually on April 22. Over 175 countries throughout the world celebrate it. It is the largest, most celebrated environmental event worldwide.

  • The passage of the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act are considered to be programs associated with the first Earth Day in 1970, however there is no governmental agency that is in charge of Earth Day, but many local and non-profit groups throughout the world help to organize events and activities.

  • Most schools have activities planned for Earth Day are designed to help children realize how important it is to take care of the environment and many organizations celebrate Earth Day by picking up trash on the road side, cleaning up vacant lots, cleaning the banks of lakes and rivers, and making sure that beaches and parks are free from litter and debris.

  • Climate change describes a change in global climate patterns attributed largely to the increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere produced by the use of fossil fuels. Increasing the levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere intensifies the greenhouse effect and causes global temperatures to rise. The greenhouse effect is the process by which heat in the Earth’s atmosphere is trapped by various gases called greenhouse gases.These gases include carbon dioxide, water vapor, methane, nitrous oxide e.t.c. Without the greenhouse effect the Earth would be 30 degrees cooler than it is today. Intensifying the effect by the addition of excess greenhouse gases leads to global warming, an increase in the overall temperature of the Earth’s atmosphere. Global warming has severe consequences such as sea level rise, more frequent and powerful storms, drought and higher wildlife extinction rates.

  • Reducing the effects of global warming includes reducing fossil fuel use, conserving electricity, utilizing renewable energy technologies and replanting and protecting forests.

Earth Day is more than just one day.  We need to take care of our earth every day in as many ways as possible. Eating a plant based diet, reusing items, recycling, reducing our carbon footprint, etc.  It’s up to ALL of us to save our Mother. So what will you do to keep Earth Day going year round?

Justine Divett