Earth Day: Let’s Celebrate!
April 22, 2011 •
Unplug! Reduce! Reuse! Recycle! Get out, breathe deep, walk far, hug a tree, plant a seed, or even do some organizing- Earth Day is here and we must celebrate! Technically we should be making efforts every day to celebrate and appreciate the Earth that supports us, but by and large today is one of the largest movements of the year. From cleaning supplies to cars, planes to plant seeds the world has begun to drastically adapt to a healthier and more conscious world. Earth Day is celebrating it's 41st anniversary today with a hoot and a holler at the intense and growing efforts for reducing the carbon footprint. Festivals and celebrations can be found all over the country as well as flyers, banners, and a heep of people on bikes, public transport, or even foot. Upon Googling the term "Earth Day" there are more than 49,000,000 results that appear in less than .10 seconds, which is millions more than "sustainability" "bring green" or even "environmentalism." Earth Day has been celebrated since it's creation by US Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970. However, it was Dennis Hayes, who was the original national coordinator at the time, who launched an organizational campaign in 1990 to spread the day worldwide. Now, The Earth Day Network organizes the event internationally every year. This year, their campaign is to launch a Billion Acts of Green, hoping to get community involvement and pledges around the world for each person to make an actual change. So sign up and start living green! There are a myriad of events and activies to participate in throughout Earth Day, and for the rest of the year. The ultimate goal of Earth Day is to spread awareness to such a point that is inspiring and motivating for the entire world to change their carbon footprint, toxins, and gases that are leaked into the atmosphere every second. Here are just a few great examples: Pledge An Act Of Green Earth Day Network- pledge a Green Act of kindness on their website. According to Earth Day Network’s website, “Every Act registered will be counted toward our ultimate goal of amassing one billion actions in advance of the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. At millions of actions, A Billion Acts of Green is the largest environmental service and advocacy campaign in the world.” Green Acts - Plant a tree - Brush your teeth without running water - Carpool. - Sign petition for Green Jobs Legislation. - Reduce, Reuse, RECYCLE! - Donate clothes, toys, everything to Salvation Army, Goodwill, Out of the Closet, Hospice - Eat locally grown food - Plant some seeds, start a garden - Bring reusable shopping bags to the grocery store. - Fight Deforestation. For every dollar donated to the Canopy Project, a tree will be planted at a minimum donation of $10. - Make your home a green home. - Attend an Earth Day Event! Green Music Festivals, Earth Day Parties, etc. - School Greening. From improving curriculum and energy to food and transportation, learn more about "greening" your local schools. There are so many more ways to become sustainable and green, than the ones listed above, so if you can think of one, go out there and become one with the world. Some of the best art, themes, designs, ideas, movements and motivations have come out of this day, and with hopes the world will continue to follow in the footsteps of a better earth. Donate your time, money, energy, and mind to becoming a better person for this greener earth. Get out, jump around, have a picnic, recycle, swim, change bulbs, plant seeds, reuse cups, and remember to turn off those lights! Educate the children, educate yourselves. Become green, live longer. Thank you for reading this blog, it has been a pleasure, now get off the computer and go hug a tree! Alexandra Noonan Cornucopia Corner