This year, what will you do to celebrate Earth Day?
The 49th Annual Earth Day is nearly upon us. As always, it’s April 22nd and the perfect day to celebrate this beautiful blue planet we live on.
Let’s learn more about what Earth Day is, where it comes from, and how you can celebrate.
What is Earth Day?
Earth Day is an annual worldwide event, celebrated each year on April 22nd. It was created to raise awareness, support, and appreciation for the earth and environmental protection.
Why was Earth Day started?
The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22nd, 1970 when the event was founded by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson. Originally, the event was focused in America only. Today, however, Earth Day is a worldwide phenomenon and celebrated in over 193 countries.
The Earth Day Network is current keeper and organizer of the environmental movement surrounding Earth Day. Year-round, the organization works to educate and inform the worldwide community about climate change, pollution, endangered species, and other environmental issues.
What can you do to promote and celebrate Earth Day?
We only have one earth! Earth Day reminds us how important it is to preserve and protect it. No matter what environmental practices you’re used to doing on a daily basis, you can always use Earth Day to pay more attention to how you interact with nature and the environment.
Here are three great places to start!
Plant a tree. Help repopulate the planet with trees by planting just one tree on Earth Day. Earth Day Network calls this initiative the Canopy Project, the goal of which is to “conserve, repair, and restore tree cover” throughout the world. Learn more about tree planting on Earth Day (or any day) here.
Go outside! Just going outside for a walk or raking leaves are excellent ways to engage with nature and realize the beauty of our planet. You might also go for a hike, take a bike ride on a shady trail, or enjoy a picnic in the park. If you really want to go the extra mile, consider picking up trash while you’re out and about.
Unplug. Literally and figuratively! Unplugging literally means keeping lights and appliances off as much as possible throughout the day to preserve energy. Unplugging figuratively means taking the day to engage in activities other than those involving screens — preferably those that take place outside in the fresh air.
Lastly, if you own or manage a business, make sure to celebrate Earth Day this year! Businesses can promote widespread awareness of special events like Earth Day and enact real positive change. There are many actions you can take, including promoting the event on social media, motivating your employees to take part in Earth Day activities, and spreading awareness about environmental issues.