I am committed to strengthening my own connections to the natural world around me and to encouraging others to do the same. I do this for two reasons: 1) it simply makes me happier to appreciate nature more and 2) I don't believe we'll work to preserve something we don't care about, so it's important to cultivate our caring about nature and its preservation. Earth Day is a great place to start!
Stewardship for our Mother Earth needs to be a daily mindset leading to appropriate actions and habits, but it's always helpful and fun to have a special day each year to be reminded, once again, how critical it is to do our part to ensure a sustainable future for this planet.
Why do we celebrate Earth Day?
Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970 as 20 million people gathered throughout America in a peaceful call for environmental reform. It remains a worldwide demonstration of support for environmental protection. Today it is celebrated in hundreds of countries, and the festivities and events often take up an entire Earth Week. In 2009, Earth Day was renamed officially by the United Nations as International Mother Earth Day.
When is Earth Day?
Earth Day is always on April 22.
How can I participate in an Earth Day event?
Check with your local environmental groups to see whether they have plans for Earth Day. You can also do a Google search for “Earth + Day+ your town or city” to find local events. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a link to events and family activities. Also check out their main Earth Day page.
Have fun with Earth Day!
Take a few minutes to explore the fun Pinterest Boards that have an Earth Day theme. There are some terrific things to do with children in the way of crafts, recipes, and activities.
If you're into videos, Mashable has links to five inspirational videos about Earth Day.
Pick one green thing you're going to start doing
I've recently committed to reaching for my hand towel more often than my paper towels. (And do you know the great “Shake and fold” trick for saving paper towels?) I've also started buying fewer single-serve foods and trying to make my own using leftovers that are freezable. What can you do differently to make your living a bit greener? You might want to explore the books below for more ideas.
Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference.