Earth day April22 was first celebrated in 1970 after being created by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson. That first celebration unified the student anti-war movement and consciousness of the threats of air and water pollution leading to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.
Restore the Canopy: Help us plant 10 million trees in impoverished areas.
Forests and trees play an important role in alleviating poverty, helping rural people avoid poverty and helping those that are poor mitigate their plight. Earth Day Network has committed to raising $10 million over five years to plant 10 million trees in impoverished areas around the world. We need your help to make the initiative possible! For every $1 you contribute, we’ll plant one tree.
To learn more about the Canopy Project, click here.
if you want to help with the planning or execution of Earth Day events, you can volunteer your time or money to an Earth Day cause. Find out about national volunteer opportunities at the EPA’s Earth Day: Events & Volunteer Opportunities Web site.
“You can also help protect the earth on Earth Day, or any day, by adopting earth friendly practices, such as:
- Only buying appliances that have earned the Energy Star label, meaning they are specially designed to conserve energy and are endorsed by the EPA.
- Turning off appliances and lights when you are not using them.
- Determining if your local power supplier offers “green power” options, power sources that minimize air pollution.
- Using less heat and air conditioning.
- Making sure that your home is properly insulated.
- Using compact fluorescent light bulbs in your home and office.
- Not running water unnecessarily, whether in the sink, dishwasher, or shower.
- Taking quick showers instead of baths.
- Washing only full loads of dishes and laundry.
- Practicing the 4 Rs whenever possible: reduce, reuse, recycle, and re-buy.
In the decades since the first Earth Day, much of the world has responded to the call to protect the environment. And if we continue to do so, all these efforts will add up to a safer, healthier future for us all.”