Each year April 22 is celebrated as Earth Day. On Earth Day events around the world are used to help teach people how they can help our planet. It has been reported that over 1 billion people do something on or around Earth Day each year in an effort to help the environment.
When was Earth Day first celebrated?
Earth Day was first celebrated on April 22, in 1970. It began when the Senator from Wisconsin, Gaylord Nelson, suggested that April 22 be used for an environment education day. It's estimated that around 20 million people in the United States participated that first day. Many people consider this day to mark the beginning of the modern environmental movement.
Earth Day Goes World Wide
Twenty years after the first Earth Day, on April 22, 1990, the entire world joined in on the environmental activity. Around 200 million people from 141 different countries participated in some way.
What can you do on Earth Day?
The best thing you can do on Earth Day is to get out there and do some actual work on helping to improve our environment. Here are a few ideas you can use for your family, class, or school. If you are a kid, be sure to check with your teacher and parents before you do anything and hopefully get them involved too!
Pick up trash - This doesn't sound fun, but it can have an immediate impact on the environment around you. Get some trash bags and gloves and go clean up your school playground or park.
Plant trees - A great way to help our earth is to plant trees. Trees help turn carbon dioxide into oxygen in a process called photosynthesis.
Plant a vegetable garden - This one probably works best at home. Get your parents and ask them to help you plant a vegetable garden. By eating food you grow at home, you help the environment in many ways. It doesn't take any gasoline to transport your vegetables from your backyard into your kitchen!
Reusable bags - Get your parents to use reusable shopping bags when they go to the store. This way they won't get paper or plastic bags that they then just throw away.
Save energy - There are lots of ways to save energy around your house. You can lower the thermostat in the winter or raise it in the summer. You can make sure to turn off the TV, computer, and lights when you leave a room. You could even watch less TV and play less video games and go play outside instead.
Educate and tell your friends - Learn all you can about what you can do to help the environment and then go do it. You can also tell your friends, parents, and teachers. If we all work together we can help to make the Earth a cleaner and better place for everyone.
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