Earth Day is a significant event held every April. It’s a day for us to be mindful of the Earth we live on and the resources that make the world go round. In preparation of this year’s theme, “Restore the Earth”, we’ve collected resources to spread awareness:
A brief history
The first Earth Day began on April 22, 1970. Initially, there was nothing in place (Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act) to respond to large amounts of toxic waste produced by factories. Earth Day was envisioned by Wisconsin Senator, Gaylord Nelson, as a large grassroots demonstration to bring environmental awareness to a national scale. For this reason, The 1970s saw the passing of key environmental legislation, as well as the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Visit earthday.org on April 22, 2021 at 12PM (Eastern Time) to view a live digital event. According to the site there will be workshops, panel discussions, and performances educating visitors on:
- Climate and environmental literacy
- Reforestation efforts
- Equity and environmental justice
- Citizen science
- Restoration technologies… and more
How students can start thinking about a future for the environment:
It’s never too early to think about future careers that can help the environment. Here are a few:
- Conservation Scientist
- Environmental Engineer
- Environmental Lawyer
- Energy Auditor
- Urban Planners
Most of these careers have the common goal of designing both natural and man-made landscapes to use resources as efficiently as possible. On the other hand, lawyers promote the environment by making sure organizations comply with environmental rights and laws.
How to celebrate today (and everyday)
There are so many ways to practice clean and sustainable living in our daily lives. In fact, we can help by being more mindful of our electricity, gas, and water consumption. Instead of wasting – we can repurpose! Furthermore, use reusable shopping bags. In addition, remember to take bottles and cans to your nearest recycling center. You can also use your time and skills to help anti-pollution drives and other environmentally-conscious organizations.
We only have one Earth, folks… let’s take care of it!
There are many more things you can do to help protect the Earth.