Earth Day 2019 is on Monday, April 22nd
Why look for valuable ways to celebrate Earth Day? Scientists at NASA and NOAA say that 2018 was the fourth warmest year on record since 1880. The past five years running have been the warmest years in modern record. Signs of climate change are all around us—from shrinking glaciers to the extended frost-free, growing season—and the younger generation is worried. In March, thousands of kids across the world went on a climate strike, walking out of school to protest the lack of action on climate change. Earth Day, which was established in 1970, is needed now more than ever. As a part of the older generation, we should lead the way in celebrating Earth Day and playing a vital role in caring for the Earth. Let’s look at some valuable ways to celebrate this year’s Earth Day!
Get Outside for Earth Day
One terrific—and inspiring—way to celebrate Earth Day is to appreciate what nature has to offer us. Plan a hike with a group of friends, or even a camping or rafting trip. Good news: National Parks Week runs from April 20–28, and on April 20, all entrance fees are waived. Take advantage of all our National Parks have to offer. Find out details here about theme days and events:
Share your national park experiences and memories on social media during National Park Week using the hashtags: #NationalParkWeek and #FindYourPark or #EncuentraTuParque . Join in the special theme days on social media using these hashtags: Beginning April 18, a frame for National Park Week will be available on Facebook!
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle—and Reflect!
Much like we often make resolutions on New Year’s, Earth Day is a great time to reflect on the way we live and whether we can make any changes in our daily lives that would make a positive impact on the environment. Do you still buy disposable water bottles? Now would be a great time to invest in a reusable one. Do you bring reusable grocery bags to the store when you go shopping? If so, your parents would be proud! Do you ever plan your errands to minimize the amount of driving you do? Earth Day is time to consider the impact of the many small choices we make in a day that are a part of our usual routine. Here is some food for thought from Conserve Energy Future:
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Trees and Plants and Bees
Beyond considering the negative things we can stop putting into the environment, Earth Day is an opportunity to think about what positive contributions we can make. It’s the perfect time of year to plan a garden or a tree. Make a trip to your local library for some books on gardening or composting or even bee-keeping. Global Citizen has some ideas and links for positive contributions you can make in honor of Earth Day:
The first Earth Day (called May Day at the time) was held in 1970 in the US and it’s often considered the start of the modern environmental movement. Since that initial march against environmental destruction, Earth Day has evolved into a globally celebrated event, with festivities occurring in more than 200 countries.
Remember Any Valuable Ways You’ve Celebrated Earth Day?
Donna “Last Third Best Third” Saliter spent her first Earth Day picking up garbage with classmates on a day-long local field trip in Sharon, Connecticut. LTBT founder RO (our very own Ralph Olsen) spent the weeks around the first Earth Day on the roof of the Crown Zellerbach flexible packaging plant in North Portland, Oregon, watching for possible firebombs. He says it was a memorable spring. Where were you on your first Earth Day and what were you doing? We’d love to hear your memorable Earth Day stories!