Virtual Education: 50th Anniversary of Earth Day

VIDEO & ACTIVITIES: Nations all across the world celebrate Earth Day. It may look a little bit differently this year but you can still be good to the earth and encourage others to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle!

 

  • History of Earth Day: 

    • Earth Day began with ONE man who was concerned over the way we were treating our planet. 
    • Back in 1970, there were oil spills, smog, and rivers so polluted they literally caught fire. 
    • So on April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets, in hundreds of cities to demand a new way forward for our planet. 
    • Earth Day was born!
    • The first Earth Day in 1970 launched a wave of action, including the passage of landmark environmental laws in the United States. 
    • Laws to keep our air and water clean were passed.
    • There was even an agency created to make sure businesses were following the laws to keep our planet clean. 
    • Lots of other countries have since joined and Earth Day is now an international celebration.

 

  • What can you do for Earth Day 2020?

    • We are in the middle of a pandemic, which creates a unique situation for us, but there are still things you can do to help and participate! Learn more about virtual events here!
    • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!
    • Reuse items you already have!
    • Buy environmentally friendly items like the LOCALLY MADE beeswax wraps featured on this episode!
    • Reduce water and energy use! (turning off water and lights) 
    • Also, do you really need a new water bottle every time you get thirsty? Reuse a washable water bottle instead!
    • Decide as a family to do a clean-up project together. (Put on your masks, gloves, and bring a garbage bag. Walk around the neighborhood and pick up litter. That will keep those items out of the streams and rivers!)
    • Plant a tree – millions of trees are cut down every year. Trees are vital to a healthy Earth.