Earth Day was first celebrated on April 22, 1970. The purpose of Earth Day is to show people how important it is to keep our planet clean and healthy.
Every year, people try to do something to show their love for the Earth and its environment and participate in Earth Day.
There are many activities that individuals can do on Earth Day that can help support our planet and its environmental health. The following are some simple ways to participate in Earth Day.
Plant a sapling
Planting a tree is a great way to celebrate Earth Day. Trees help reduce greenhouse gasses and pollution. Trees also provide homes for many of nature’s creatures. You can buy a sapling at your local greenhouse and at some department stores.
Learn about the environment
Take a few minutes to learn something about the environment. Go to the library and look at the environment related books. If you have the Internet, go to some of the many environment websites.
Although it sounds difficult, cleaning up your yard can be an easy and fun way to celebrate Earth Day. Have your family help. Dig out the radio and play some music. Dance and sing while you’re cleaning. When you are finished, have a picnic on your clean lawn.
Wear environmental clothing
Wear green and/or brown clothes or clothing with an Earth Day theme. A fun way to participate in Earth Day is to use fabric paints to decorate your own Earth Day t-shirt or hat.
Walk or ride a bike
If you live in town, walk or ride your bike for the day. You can walk or ride your bike to work, the store, to visit friends, or do most things you usually do. Not only will you help the environment, you will also be getting some really good exercise.
Change the lights
If you use regular light bulbs at home, change them all to a more energy efficient type of bulb. CFL, Fluorescent, and LED lights are good choices.
Use reusable bags all day long. You can use reusable bags when you go shopping. These bags can also be used to carry your lunch or other everyday items that you carry with you.
Most homes have a lot of appliances and electronics plugged in at all times. Spend the morning unplugging items that you aren’t using. There are some things, like the refrigerator, that need to stay plugged in, but there are many things that don’t need to be plugged in all the time.