Good morning, fellow earthlings!
Ok, so we have this one planet Earth. We know, from NASA’s ventures into space, that we just can’t rocket ourselves to another planet in the Universe. So far, we haven’t found any other places out in space that are habitable for humans, and I think I can safely say that we never will.
We have the Earth, and it’s in our power to protect it. In my humble opinion, one day just isn’t gonna do it. I mean, one stinking day??? For a planet that gives us so much?
Take a look:
So I’m thinking, why just Earth Day? We need an Earth year, or decade, or even a century. Let’s keep the Earth rolling for our kids and all future generations.
The History of Earth Day:
The first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970. In the same year, President Nixon created the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In 1972, DDT (a cancer
causing pesticide) was banned, which eventually led to the bald eagle being taken off the endangered species list. Also in 1972, Congress passed the Clean Water Act,
reducing sewage and other pollutants in our rivers, streams and lakes. Other steps taken in the seventies were the phasing out of leaded gasoline, fuel economy and emissions standards, the Clean Air Act of 1977, and the banning of CFCs as propellants in aerosol cans. The EPA has continued steps like these into the 21st century. You can read
more about the EPA’s efforts to undo the damage to this planet here.
Some Simple Things We Can Do:
- Pick up the litter around our neighborhoods. It drives me crazy when I see people using our planet as a garbage dump. (Would they dump their fast food bags on the floor of their home???)
- Bring your own bag to the store. I bought a couple of re-usable bags from my favorite retailer, Target, and after a couple of weeks, finally got in the habit of remembering to take them out of the car when I went into the store!
- Recycle the smart way. Check out Freecycle www.freecycle.org (a network of people who give and get free stuff) and Earth911, which has some great ideas for going green.
- Buy in bulk to save money and reduce the waste from excess packaging. Read more about buying bulk foods at the Bulk is Green Council website.
- Turn off the water when you brush your teeth.
Want more ideas? There’s a ton of them out there. Just check out these sites:
(1) How To Go Green
(2) Web Ecoist
You can read more about Earth Day at the Earth Day Network.
What are you doing on Earth Day this year?