Every year April 22 marks another Earth Day celebration. Schools, government and many others take Earth Day as a day to increase awareness of the delicate balance our planet needs to sustain life. We all know that we need to be more environmentally conscious than ever. Most of us have trash recycle containers, change our light bulbs to newer energy efficient ones and shop for appliances, cars, and home improvement materials with energy efficiency in mind. There is so much more to know about Earth Day.
Happy 44th Birthday Earth Day
The very first Celebration of Earth Day took place April 22, 1970. The day was a Wednesday, which was deliberately significant due to the realization that activists would come out in larger numbers on that day of the week than any other. According to National Geographic, there is a persistent rumor that the date is the birthday of Soviet Union founder, Vladimir Lenin. Lenin believed no lands should be private in order to protect them.
Founder of the Earth Day Movement
Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin worked hard to get political awareness of environmental concerns and finally was able to get enough public support to establish the first Earth Day. Originally considered a teach-in, as was common in the age of activism, celebration was a success.
Environmental Protect Agency
Known as the EPA, established in 1970, the agency exists largely due to the success of Earth Day, public interest and support of environmental awareness. Environmental issues are currently a leading topic in politics and everyday life.
How Earth Day is celebrated
Earth Day has evolved into Earth Month and there is even a movement to have everyone turn off there lights for an hour on Earth Day or another selected day. Many communities have Earth day celebrations that include park cleanups, tree planting, and festivals in its honor. The goal is to bring awareness to the point that every day is Earth Day.
NASA is getting in on the act.
We have all heard of the social media and smart phone “selfie”, a picture taken of yourself with your own cell phone. According to an article in Business Week, NASA is asking people to go outside on April 22, take a “GlobalSelfie”, and post it on social media sites… NASA will be monitoring these social media sights for the #GlobalSelfie photos. They plan to piece it all together as the first social media Earth Day event of this magnitude.
Keeping our planet as clean and balanced as possible is everyone’s responsibility. Plant a tree, change to environmental friendly products, pick up the litter, take a #GlobalSelfie, post it on your social media site, and become part of the new movement to increase awareness.