Every April 22nd since 1970, millions of people across the globe celebrate the Earth Day, an event to increase public awareness of the world’s environmental problems.
Millions of Americans, including students from thousands of colleges and universities, participated in rallies, marches, and educational programs.
“In 1969 at a UNESCO Conference in San Francisco, peace activist John McConnell proposed a day to honor the Earth and the concept of peace, to first be celebrated on March 21, 1970, the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere.” One month later, Earth Day was founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin.
Earth Day, in short, helps us to remember that all we need to sustain ourselves, air, food, and water, comes from the Earth and we should honor it and do what we can to preserve it.
5 Ways we can celebrate Earth Day:
1. Plant a tree
2. Walk instead of drive
3. Pledge to conserve water
4. Commit to recycling
5. Begin carpooling