a tree! 5 fun facts about Earth Day
Published April 22, 2013
day to celebrate the most famous mother of all — Mother Earth. This Monday
(April 22) marks the 43rd Earth Day, with more than 1 billion people in 192
countries expected to participate in activities this year.
Day is mainstream now,
its roots go back to the radical 1960s. So as people break ground for a tree
planting or take a few hours to recycle their old laptops, LiveScience looks
back at the role Earth Day played in environmental change. From its hippie
roots to its global reach, here are five fun facts about Earth Day.
1. Green roots
Day got its start in the wake of the Vietnam War protests of the 1960s.
After visiting the site of an oil spill near Santa Barbara, Calif., in 1969,
Sen. Gaylord Nelson, a Wisconsin Democrat, envisioned a way to mobilize a
grassroots movement to raise the profile of environmental issues, modeled
after Vietnam War teach-ins. His idea spread and people held rallies in
cities throughout the country on April 22, 1970. [SOS!
The 10 Worst Oil Spills]
2. Political impact
Earth Day may now be synonymous with small-scale tree planting and volunteer
cleanup projects, the first Earth Day actually had its sights set on bigger
political projects. Earth Day demonstrations created public support for the
creation of theEnvironmental
authorized by Congress in December 1970. Earth Day also contributed to the
passage of the Clean Water, Clean Air and Endangered Species acts.
3. Equinox day
are actually two Earth Days — the April 22 holiday and the one celebrated on
March 20, the first
day of spring in
the Northern Hemisphere and the autumnal equinox in southern latitudes. To
this day, at the exact moment of the equinox, when the sun crosses the plane
of the equator and day and night are equal length, the Japanese Peace Bell
is rung at the United Nations headquarters in New York City, followed by two
minutes of silent prayer or meditation. The Equinox was chosen as a symbol
of harmony in nature and an appropriate time to dedicate efforts to peace
and care of the Earth.
4. Global Movement
Day may have been conceived in 1970, but it didn't truly go global until
1990. That year, more than 200 million people participated in environmental
activities in more than 141 countries. This year, more than 1 billion people
are expected to participate in 192 countries.
5. Other holidays
originally chose April 22 because it didn't seem to coincide with other big
holidays in the United States. However, the date was once a big deal in the Communist Soviet
Union: it was also the birthday of Vladimir Lenin.
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Sorry this is a
duplication……Will you please print some more of those “simply Green”
brochures we came up with… we’ll hand them out for earthweek.
love you ;-)
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about TerraCycle, a company aiming to eliminate the idea of waste by
creating national recycling systems for previously non-recyclable or
hard-to-recycle items. Join one of their Brigade programs, and then collect
old shoes, pens, markers, chip bags, or diaper packaging you have around the
house. Ship it off to your designated TerraCycle facility, and you’ll
receive points that can be redeemed for a variety of charitable gifts, or
directed toward the non-profit organization of your choice. It’s innovative,
it’s easy, and it’s the least you can do!
you have an old cellphone, computer, camera or iPod, and no clue what to do
with it? Who doesn’t? Recycle your E-Waste safely and responsibly by finding
a local collection site, and asking about their disposal or redistribution
methods. Whether these products are ultimately donated to charities,
schools, or nursing homes, or recycled in such a way that ensures toxic
materials are properly handled, E-Waste recycling has many long-term,
trees to benefit the Earth and its environment is not an immediately
gratifying endeavor – but the lasting effects are profound. Not only are
trees visually pleasing (and therefore stress-reducing), but they also
filter pollution from the air; create natural shade (which lowers home
energy costs); improve soil and water quality; and absorb noise. If you
can’t find a tree planting activity near your home this week, donate to a
non-profit that plants trees year-round.
among us doesn’t have a mountain of paper piled high in the office, or on
the kitchen table, or pretty much anywhere? Set aside some time to go
through these massive, often overwhelming stacks, and recycle the documents,
newspapers, and magazines you no longer need. Shred sensitive documents, bag
up the paper, and recycle that too. It’s a mentally freeing activity, and
wonderful for the environment. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to show your
kids just how easy it can be to help the Earth!
your week of doing right by the planet by cooking an Earth-friendly meal,
comprised of organic, sustainably grown ingredients. Better yet, make it a
vegetarian meal: Meat production pollutes the air and water, requires
massive amount of land, and wastes precious energy. Supporting local,
organic farmers reduces your carbon footprint, and increases your health –
fruits and vegetables grown close to home use less gas in transit, and lose
fewer nutrients before they hit the table.
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