Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Earth Day Celebrations



Today is April 22, 2020 and marks the 50th anniversary of celebrating Earth Day!

As someone who is highly concerned with conservation and protecting the Earth's ecosystems and species, this day truly means a lot to me. It is a day that brings about awareness of the damages that the human race is causing and a time to recognize ways that we all can make a difference.

I hope that you find this post interesting as I go into some of the lesser-known facts about Earth Day and that it sparks an interest to get out there and do something special to help save the Earth!


How Did Earth Day Get Started? 


In the early part of 1969 there was a massive oil spill off the Santa Barbara coast in California. At that point in time, this was the largest oil spill in U.S. history which lead to a severe loss of wildlife and major ecological damage. 

Many environmental activists, and even common day people, were outraged by how much of an impact this oil spill had. Along with this, there was a tremendous amount of pollution and other environmental hazards that posed a threat to human and animal life. These were left with little to no regulatory legislation. 

In 1970 there were actually two celebrations of Earth Day. 

The first was coordinated by John McConnell who was an activist which lead the day of awareness on March 21, 1970. McConnell is also known for designing the Earth Day flag which still gets raised at the United Nations each year. 

The second, more commonly known and recognized as the first Earth Day event, occurred just a month after McConnell's day on April 22, 1970. This day was set aside by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin in response to the upset over the oil spill from the year prior. 

Millions of people turned up for the events and activities on that day and now Earth Day is celebrated globally as a day of awareness and to draw attention to the worldwide environmental issues.



The 22nd Of April


Earth Day is recognized every year on the 22nd of April, but this day was not randomly chosen. As it turns out, this day was specifically chosen in order to maximize the number of college students that would be able to partake in the events. 

April 22nd comes after college students return back to class from spring break, but also before the stress of finals comes about.

Earth Day Brings About Change


Due to the growth of education and awareness, there have been many positive changes that have come to fruition. 

The celebration of Earth Day contributed to the issuance of several environmental regulations such as The Clean Air Act, The Water Quality Improvement Act, The Endangered Species Act and many more. 

In 2012 a goal was reached to plant 1 billion trees on Earth Day and millions continue to plant trees each year on this day. 

Scientists have said that we have entered the 6th mass extinction that our planet has seen, only this time it is brought on by - human activity. Deforestation is still occurring rapidly at a rate of 56 acres per minute and we are losing endangered species faster than we've ever seen.




Conclusion


The time is now to take action! You do not need to become a big environmental activist, but even small steps can be taken today to do your part. 

Here are some things you can do today: You can clean up your local park, beach, recreational site. You can plant trees as many others do or plant a garden and grow your own food. Plan your meals and eat smaller portions to lessen food waste. Recycle, go through your things and donate what's not needed, send your plastic and paper to be reused. Skip the car today and go for a walk instead, or bike to where you need to go. 

For more ideas on how you can make a difference, please hop on over to Earth Day's Official Website to find activities in your area. You can also check out my latest blog post on How To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

We can all make a difference. Did you find these suggestions useful? Do you do something else not mentioned on this list? Share in the comments below! 

Take care, my friends - Namaste

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