The very first Earth Day was April 22, 1970. The whole point of this day was to encourage people to spend time thinking of positive ways to keep our planet and environment healthy for our future generations. Children have been some of the best advocates for Earth Day because they have excitement and a natural wonder of creation.
After the First Earth Day in 1970:
- The Environmental Protection Agency was established.
- The Clean Air Act of 1970 was passed in both Houses of Congress with only a few dissenting votes.
- Eco-labeling programs were established by more than 12 countries to guide consumers toward more environmentally friendly goods and services.
- The international relief agency, CARE, set an environmental goal in the 1990s to plant 500,000,000 trees worldwide.
Even with all of those excellent programs and goals to reach, there is still much more to accomplish and work on ourselves, even without an official organization backing us up.
So What Can You Do At Home to Help?
- If you’re a crafter, use recycled items in your projects.
There are websites dedicated to selling recycled crafty items for purchase and they can usually be found in your own community. If not, you can start your own recycling program by donating a recycle bin to various spots in your community (the library, grocery stores, post offices, etc.) and start sorting them yourself. If you want a few ideas to get started check out Pinterest or this great one from The Micro Gardener!
- Keeping moderate air conditioner temperatures at home.
Our country has begun having some climate changes lately. If you’re in a drought area, be aware of the potential energy drain by programming the thermostat while you’re away during the day.
- Power strips could use less power.
Look around your house. I’m guessing you could count more things that require electricity then those that don’t (and don’t count each piece of silverware separately, that’s cheating). All those electronics, though, suck energy even when they aren’t turned on. If you could switch off the power strip after each use, you would be saving yourself quite a bit of energy and money.
- Are you wishing for an upgrade, think about a barter.
Rather than constantly trying to switch out items by purchasing new things, sometimes the way to go is used all the way. Creating your own network or co-op would get everyone to clear out their clutter and even get some things they want in the process.
- Carpooling is still in style.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 27% of greenhouse gas emissions come from transportation. Despite the inconvenience, it is still important to carpool or find an even healthier way for your body by walking or riding a bike. No one has ever melted in the rain, yet (except for the Wicked Witch of the West, so you’re probably safe).
How will you celebrate Earth Day? No matter how you help, you can encourage others to follow your example by sharing your ideas in your community and by writing to your government representative with how you’ve made positive improvements and challenge them to do the same.