People Around the World Gather for Earth Day

Earth Day is a global holiday that is meant to celebrate our planet’s sustainability and preservation of our environment. Earth Day is celebrated every year on April 22nd and is a prime time for environment activists to increase awareness on issues such as global warming, oil spills, and to urge others to join their cause.

Earth Day is still a relatively new holiday, which means every year it continues to gain momentum around the world. The first Earth Day was proposed by Democratic Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson after he believed industrial nations were too careless with the environment. After dangerous oil spills occurred off of the coast of California in 1969, Nelson proposed many environmental reforms, including the idea of holding of global Earth Day every year.

The first Earth Day was held on April 22nd, 1970 and was organized by Denis Hayes, who went on to lead the Solar Energy Research Institution in Golden, Colorado, near Denver. The first Earth a Day was a very large success. Over 25 million Americans celebrated the occasion, as well as many others around the world. Peace activist John McConnell designed the iconic “Earth Flag,” which became a symbol for Earth Day and the preservation of the environment.

Earth Day also had many effects on education and the government as well. Students spent the entire day learning about the earth and brainstorming ways to protect the environment. The government passed three major acts after the first Earth Day, the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, and the Endangered Species Act. These laws protected drinking water and freshwater, wildlands and reservations, and threatened animals from industrialization and deterioration.

People can do little things that matter on earth day to make sure the environment is healthy. One thing that can help is planting a tree so you can give back to the environment. Planting trees is by far one of the most important gifts we can give back to the planet and to ourselves. Global warming is caused by a buildup of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere such as carbon dioxide and methane and these gases trapped heat on this planet. You can do this in your backyard which makes it easy to do or with a group, for example maybe a church group.

Another thing you can to on Earth Day to make sure you are keeping the environment healthy is doing some fun activities outside. So why not take a hike or go for a bike ride or maybe even go kayaking? The point is to get outdoors, breathe the air, feel the sun on your cheeks and absorb some vitamin D. Even if you live in the city and don’t have easy access to a lot of green space, you’d be amazed how even spending a short amount of time in an urban park will rejuvenate your soul.

We can all learn something from earth day and not always be inside, so get outside and be active on earth day.

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