Earth Day is right around the corner, just in time for spring showers and dew-soaked green grass petals greeting our bare feet as we prance around celebrating the accomplishments of the change in season.
Know little about Earth Day? Worry not, these factoids will sharpen your knowledge on the holiday that will occur on Tuesday, April 22 of this year.
5. The first Earth Day
On April 22, 1970, inspired by protecting the planet from toxicity and mess, organizers held rallies in various countries to raise awareness of environmental issues. Earth Day has since grown into a much bigger event, with billions of people expected to acknowledge it come April 22.
4. It was founded by a US Senator
US Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin had long fought for legislation for environmental issues in the 1960s. The environment in the United States had depleted to a poor state and many manufacturers and people turned their back on protecting the planet. Earth Day gets its roots from the frustrations of Gaylord Nelson and it was founded to bring awareness to the environment and cause a shift in how people viewed it.
3. People do more than plant trees on Earth Day
While planting trees is a healthy practice and will hopefully appear many times throughout valleys, neighborhoods, and forests during this upcoming holiday, it isn’t the only activity one can do on Earth Day.
Several people will ride bicycles to work to promote lower CO2 emissions and conserve precious fuels. Others will adopt a policy on using reusable bags for groceries and clothing items, while many others will bag up trash that has made its way in ponds, oceans, sides of highways, and all over the place.
2. Even massive corporations get involved these days
In accordance with Earth Day 2009, the Walt Disney Corporation released a film appropriately titled Earth. It tells a story of epic proportions and is narrated by none other than James Earl Jones. Follow the heroic and amazing journey of polar bears, humpback whales, and elephants as the precious creatures journey across the mighty planet.
1. Earth Day’s intention is clear
Those who started the Earth Day campaign many moons ago wouldn’t tell you the purpose of the holiday is to focus all of the environmental energy into one day and be done with it. Earth Day is about living sustainable and healthy lives that make humans and the planet happy all the time. For more information visit the Earth Day Network