There is a major push in recent years to be more mindful of the environment and the effects our day to day choices have on the world around us. And with the introduction of the Green New Deal, even the government of the US is being forced to consider the effects our lives are having on the environment! As Earth Day approaches once more, there is a renewed focus on what we can do not just on this day but every day to reduce the negative impact we have on the environment and the world around us!
History of Earth Day
“It may be hard to imagine that before 1970, a factory could spew black clouds of toxic smoke into the air or dump tons of toxic waste into a nearby stream, and that was perfectly legal. They could not be taken to court to stop it. How was that possible? Because there was no EPA, no Clean Air Act, no Clean Water Act. There were no legal or regulatory mechanisms to protect our environment” (EPA). It was in the spring of 1970 when Senator Gaylord Nelson decided it was high time to take action!
He created Earth Day as a way to force this issue into the view of the general public as well as politicians and government officials across the country. Twenty million Americans demonstrated in different U.S. cities that April, and it worked! By the end of that year, Congress authorized the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to identify, evaluate, and address issues impacting the environment.
Easy Ways to Celebrate Earth Day
Today millions celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd by making it a day to commit to making changes in their day to day lives and habits in order to better the environment. Here are some easy ways to take a step towards living a greener and earth-friendly life starting this Earth Day.
Reduce Car Rides
While we know there are times you will have to drive your car, whenever possible try to opt for something else. Walk for shorter trips or ride your bike. Put all your errands for the week into one day, if possible, to reduce the amount of driving you do. Carpool whenever possible for take public transportation when it is available.
Recycle E Waste
Clear out old electronics from your home and business and take them to a recycling center. Electronic waste like old computers and TVs and cell phones often end up in landfills, and this is bad! The metal and plastic components do not break down, and they can leach harmful chemicals into the soil and water!
Grow Some Plants
One of the best ways to embrace Earth Day is to embrace the environment and its plants and animals. Planting a garden can help not only keep the air clean and healthy, but it can also provide food and shelter for animals. A strong balanced local environment is a healthy one and you can help make that possible!
There are many other ways you can embrace Earth Day now and every day of the year and one of the best is to get out and experience nature. When you fall in love with something you are more willing to work to protect it. So this April 22nd for Earth Day 2019, fall in love nature and do your part to protect the environment!