Earth Day 2009: How will you get involved on April 22?
April is Earth Month, and on Wednesday April 22 communities the world over will celebrate Earth Day.
While every day should be considered earth day, April 22 marks the calendar day when global consciousness turns to environmental issues like climate change, conservation, energy issues, pollution and the host of eco-topics affecting our planet.
The first Earth Day took place on April 22, 1970 and is credited with kick-starting environmental consciousness in North America. The day's peaceful demonstrations almost 40 years ago united major political parties, enlisted support from businesses, urban dwellers and farmers alike, and ultimately led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Subsequently, government passed green laws like the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act – the foundations of today's environmental policy movement.
A lot has changed in the 39 years since the first Earth Day, but there is much, much more to do be done to save our planet. So what will you do to mark Earth Day one week from now?
If you're short on ideas for how to get involved, check community websites and your local newspaper for Earth Day events in your area. Most cities hold a variety of community cleanups, green fairs and charity events to raise awareness and support for greener living. If you're looking for a few things to do around your own home or neighborhood to celebrate Earth Day, here are a few simple, inexpensive ideas:
- Pick up garbage in your neighborhood
- Plant a tree in your own backyard
- Walk, bike or carpool to work
- Shop and eat locally
- Clean up a public park, stream or street
- Start a composting bin in your own backyard
While some of the steps you can take may seem small compared to the larger issues that Earth Day and Earth Month attempt to tackle, remember that every bit helps. So spread the word, start an event of your own, or make a long-term commitment to living green as an Earth Day resolution.