Happy Earth Day! Tread Lightly

What can we say about Mother Earth? She’s the best and we have to tread lightly to keep the planet healthy for future generations.

April 22

Earth Day is an annual event celebrated around the world on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First celebrated in 1970, it now includes events in more than 193 countries.

Earth Day was the brainchild of Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, a staunch environmentalist who hoped to provide unity to the grassroots environmental movement and increase ecological awareness.

Nelson—whose efforts in Congress included legislation protecting the Appalachian Trail and banning DDT—hired Denis Hayes, a Harvard grad student. Together they organized the first Earth Day.

Today, Earth Day is widely recognized as the largest secular observance in the world, marked by more than a billion people every year as a day of action.

Many important environmental events have happened on Earth Day since 1970, including the signing of the Paris Agreement.

Thanks largely to the momentum created by Earth Day, the early 1970s saw the passage of the most important environmental legislation in US history, including both the Clean Air and Clean Water acts.

What can You Do?

Beach Cleanups

Recycle

Reduce Waste

Reuse

Carpool

Reduce plastic usage

Plant trees

Reusable straws

Use your own coffee mug when going to a coffee shop

Use reusable water bottles instead of plastic water bottles

These are just a few off the top of my head. There are so many ways we can reduce our footprint so that we can continue to celebrate Earth Day.

Melinda

References:

en.wikipedia.org

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