The world is a beautiful place, and it’s essential to do what we can to preserve it. The upcoming Earth Day 2023 is the perfect time to celebrate our planet and all that she provides for us. There are many ways to make your mark on the environment and help improve our world. This blog post will discuss some of the best ways to celebrate Earth day and make a difference.
One easy way to celebrate Earth day is by simply becoming more environmentally conscious in your everyday life. This means things like recycling, conserving energy, and using less water. You can also compost kitchen scraps and yard waste instead of sending them to landfills. Another great way to help the environment is by supporting eco-friendly businesses that use sustainable practices.
History of Earth Day
We have a fantastic world, and we need your aid to flourish. On April 22 every year, millions celebrate Earth Day to fight environmental problems. By participating in activities such as recycling waste and planting trees, we can make the world better and safer for everyone. Earth Day began in 1970 when the U.S. Senator from Wisconsin held national demonstrations on environmental topics and raised awareness.
Earth Day 1970
Senator Jay Nelson has now planted seeds for this first Earth Day. Nelson was an avid conservationist who served for two terms in Wisconsin governors’ offices for several years. The extraordinary publicity garnered through the Rachel Carson book Silent Spring and the famous Earthrise 1969 NASA photo of the Earth from the moon led many to speculate on the San Diego oil spill in early 1969.
The “Earth Day” name
The first problem was resolved unexpectedly. Shortly after the end of the year, an anonymous man called Julien Koenig stopped at the national office, voluntarily volunteering for the project. Koenig had an impressive Madison Avenue presence. During the campaign, Hayes told the Associated Press that the “teaching-in” name wasn’t practical and asked whether his brand “teach-in” name worked. Koenig requested several days. A day later, he returned to create various mockups for ads centered around Earth Day and Earth Day environmental days.
The environmental teach-in staff resigned immediately after Earth Day and moved immediately in the wake of the group’s tax status, which allowed lobbies and a less militant view. EA immediately faced an issue that loomed as a backdrop throughout the campaign. Some staff was drawn by science or culture in a movement that viewed the political system as dirty and government as unredeemable. It hoped they would force the world to adapt to their lifestyles of free will and simplicity.
The focus on pollution
Its delicate line was to attract veteran political activists whose demands demanded radical transformation while excluding the middle class. Environmentally the biggest insults came against the poorest. These toxic garbage dumps are located in impoverished areas, and the problems had little impact on the middle classes.
New York City
In 1968–70 a group of Columbia undergraduate students attended the event to learn Denis Hayes’s plan for Earth Day. Fred Kent, Pete Grannies, Kristin, and William Hubbard also participated. The group voted to direct New York’s activities to the national movement. Fred Kent was responsible for the leasing and hiring of volunteers. He saw climate change issues as a way for a new city to be united.
US Senator Edmund Muskie spoke at Fairmount Park in Philadelphia on Earth Day. Other important visitors to the event included consumer advocate Ralph Nader, the presidential candidate, landscape architect Ian McHarg, Nobel Prize winner Harvard biochemistry chemist George Wald and Republican Senator Hugh Scott.
The University of Michigan teach-in
As planned Earth Days activities became less academic and aggressive, and the Environmental Action publication urged widespread structural reform, the event began to attract interest. A location where the interest in teaching began at Michigan University was a solid example.
1969 Santa Barbara oil spill
In January 1969, an oil platform from Union Oil Company exploded off Santa Barbara’s coast. Over one million gallons of oil have been released, killing over 10000 marine mammals and birds. As a result of the devastation, activists have started organizing environmental regulations, environmental education, and Earth Day campaigns. Among the defenders of Earth Day were dozens of activists who fought against the BP spill: Selma Rubin, Marc McGinn, Bud Bottom, and others.
Earth Day 1980
In the 1970 s, many environmental policies were passed, such as the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, and Superfund. In addition, there were efforts to ban DDT and lead in gasoline. Jimmy Carter became President. The 1980 Earth Day campaign starred Mike McCabe and Byron Kennard and was generally festive and celebratory. A festival was held at Lafayette Park in Washington, DC, opposite the president’s office.
1990 to 1999
In 1990 Earth Day activities mobilized 200 million people worldwide to promote the importance of environmental problems in their international context as the primary concern. In contrast to Earth Day in 1970, this 20th century was dominated by solid marketing strategies, a more accessible radio network, and a multimillion-dollar budget.
As the millennium came, Hayes decided to launch another campaign focusing more on climate changes and pushing for cleaner energy. Earth Day in 2002 combined the feistiness of the first Earth Day with the international grassroots activism of Earth Day 1990. For a year, Earthday had the internet as a means of connecting people worldwide. At the end of April 22, more than 5000 environmental organizations from around the world reached more than 1 billion people in more than 140 nations across the globe.
Earth Day 2003 featured Water for the Living campaign. This year Earthday Network has created a new water quality project called “What’s in the water? Water-related workshops were held on every continent, including water workshops, expos, and concerts, e.g., in Togo, Egypt. Education curriculum, teaching books on the topic of water, and a poster on the subject.
Earth Day 2004
Earth Day Network and partners worked to register millions of American voters for Earth Day 2004. Several substantial tree plantings were held. Other significant events during Earth Day were annual cleanups in Dayton, Ohio, and the 3rd community-based yearly Solutions Conference in Seattle.
Earth Days 2006 focused on the field of Science and Faith. Earth Day expanded for Earthday 2006 across Europe, and events and speeches are scheduled throughout many countries. The key events included the “Festival on Climate Change” in Utrecht, Netherlands, which focuses on how the Netherlands can break from oil dependence. Denis Haynes participated and interviewed at the annual Earth Day conference in Kyiv, Ukraine, on the second anniversary of the Chornobyl 20 Remembrance.
Earth Day 2008
Earth Day 2008 has inspired millions to join together to call for global climatic change. The campaign has urged Americans to send 1 million calls to Congress to push climate change, but the plan has not yet reached its goals. In 2008, there were a record 350,000 people at the annual climate protests in eight major cities. Washington, D.C. hosted actors Edward Norton, Thomas Friedman from New York Times, and James Hansen from NASA in a significant climate change event.
Over the past year, a slew of Earth Day projects across the globe have been held, including energy conservation events, demonstrations and letter-writing campaigns, civic and environmental education training courses, urban cleanup, and water programs. Significant developments happened in Kyiv, Ukraine; Caracas; Venezuela; Tuvalu; Philippines; Togo / Madrid.
How To Help Today
You should celebrate the earth and the environment every day, and the following are things you can start doing today. Remember, it takes all of us together to preserve our beautiful earth.
Limit Your Water Usage
It could look like everything, but drinking water can be expensive and dirty. It is estimated the human population will not use more water, and the remainder can be too salty or complex. Turning off your faucet while brushing your teeth can save 8 gallons a year. You can try taking a less-than-perfect bath and cleaning your body in no time.
Turn off the lights
Do you think a light bulb must stay on at night? Electricity cannot simply exist; it must come from our environment. They are often attributed to fossil-based energy sources that help reduce carbon emissions. However, energy is produced from renewable materials like solar power, wind, and water. Try to conserve electricity by only using what is required.
Scientists believe around 15 billion trees are sown worldwide yearly to prevent further destruction, and you can even plant a new tree to help reduce the impact. Using the tree releases the oxygen vapor to breathe. It offers shelter and nourishment to various animals, including squirrels and owls. Depending upon the planting site, shade can reduce cooling needs during warmer months.
Be A Recycling Champion
The number of trash trucks Americans are filling every week will reach half the moon. Toilet paper tubes are made of cardboard and decomposed in landfills within two months. Plastic bottles last much longer, and breakage takes a lot longer. You may even transform this piece into a great telescope or flowering planter. Think about recycling things before throwing them away. You can also reduce wasted goods or services.
There are many ways to get involved in your community on Earth day. You can participate in a local cleanup, help plant trees or gardens, or volunteer with an environmental organization. You can also educate others about the importance of caring for our planet. If you have kids, you can do plenty of fun and educational activities to teach them about the environment.
No matter how you choose to celebrate Earth day, remember that every little bit helps. No matter how small, every action we take can make a difference in the fight to protect our planet. Let’s do our part this Earth day and beyond to ensure that our world remains beautiful and healthy for generations.