Happy (belated) Earth Day! We hope you had a fantastic day and did some earthy things that will be sure to make a happy and healthy impact on our world.
In honor of this 42nd anniversary of Earth Day, we thought we’d give you a little history lesson plus some fun tips on how to help the planet all year round!
Earth Day was born as the modern environmental movement of the 1970s. The founder, Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. Senator of Wisconsin, conjured up the idea after witnessing the damages of the 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. Gaylord was inspired by the student anti-war movement and and wanted to fuse that energy with public awareness of air and water pollution, forcing environmental protection into the national arena.
A “national teach-in on the environment” day was announced in which 20 million Americans gathered coast-to-coast for healthy, sustainable and environmental rallies. The result of this massive and unexpected event was the creation of the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Act passed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
As the years have passed, several campaigns have been created, groups have gathered and a collective change among citizens all over the world have made a positive impact on this Earth and will continue to do so for years to come.
Although Earth Day does only happen once a year, this day isn’t the only chance you have to do something good for the planet. Make a pledge to enact a few small changes in your life and you’ll have more of an impact than you think! Here are some ideas from the Huffington Post on how you can help.
Have a Picnic
Plant a Tree
Pledge an Action of Green
Teach About the Earth
There are many more things you can do to help the environment and preserve our natural resources so get creative and start your journey promoting a better planet today!
For a more complete history and overview of Earth Day and the campaigns that support it, visit the Earth Day Network.