Some people celebrate Earth Day on the first day of spring, while others celebrate on April 22. At least 175 countries around the globe celebrate Earth Day. Others extend the celebration for an entire week that includes Earth Day. This year it will be celebrated from April 16-22.
So, what is Earth Week? It is a week designed to raise awareness of environmental issues. From green house gases to sustainability, Earth Week is a time to share information, make change and raise awareness.
“The passage of the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act are considered to be products associated with the 1970 Earth Day.”
What can you do to make a difference? This seems like an overwhelming objective, but there are many things you can do and they don’t have to be huge tasks. One example would be to stop buying bottled water and use a washable container. Another might be to turn down the temperature on your hot water heater. You can shop at a thrift store instead of buying new. You might decide to coordinate your shopping trips to take the most effective path and do it all in one trip.
Other suggestions might include taking shorter showers or recycling. Another option might be to carpool to work or school. Instead of throwing away clothing that is still usable, donate it to a local charity that provides for the poor. You can check out the multiple online resources for events in your area and get involved. If you take a sack lunch to work or school, use reusable containers instead of disposable. Maybe you would prefer to simply spread the word and make others aware. You could plant a tree. Anything that can conserve will help the Earth and reduce waste. The list is only as limited as your imagination.
Challenge: Once you decide how you are going to celebrate Earth Week, ask your friends, coworkers and family to join you. Help them figure out steps they can take to reduce waste. Offer suggestions on ways to conserve. Raise awareness and encourage others to participate. Then try to make these steps a habit. We do not have to celebrate the Earth one week of the year. We can celebrate every day.
It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. -- Charles Darwin