Celebrate in Charlotte – green calendar here
Earthday.org says Earth Day’s 45th anniversary could be the most exciting year in environmental history. The year in which economic growth and sustainability join hands. It’s our turn to lead. So our world leaders can follow by example.
History of Earth Day – (from America’s Library)
We only have one earth, so we need to take care of her. That’s what Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin believed. He was disturbed that an issue as important as our environment was not addressed in politics or by the media, so he created the first Earth Day, on April 22, 1970. An estimated 20 million people nationwide attended festivities that day. It was a truly astonishing grassroots explosion, leading eventually to national legislation such as the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act. Why did Earth Day receive so much support?
For the many people who care for the environment, Earth Day became the first opportunity they had to join in a nationwide demonstration to send a big message to public officials–a message to tell them to protect our planet. Both Arbor Day and Bird Day (established in the late 1800s) supported forestation, conservation, and the appreciation of nature, but on a smaller scale than Earth Day. While all three of these days helped educate the general public, some Americans already had a deep appreciation of nature.
Native American people, for example, the Iroquois, have long recognized and celebrated in story and song the interdependence of the earth and all its creatures. For the 20th anniversary of Earth Day in 1990, they were joined by more than 200 million people in 141 countries participating in celebrations of the planet that supports us. How do you show your appreciation of Mother Earth? Ask your friends and family how they celebrate Earth Day.
EPA News You Can Use – April 2015 EARTH DAY EXTRA
GoGreen EXTRA. We’re sending this special Earth Day GoGreen to subscribers of other EPA email alerts. If you don’t already receive the monthly GoGreen consumer newsletter, you can subscribe at http://www.epa.gov/gogreen
Check out the Earth Day site for tips you can use, blog posts, new videos, events near you, and more.
Take Action. Get tips. Share your thoughts. #EarthDayEveryDay
- Earth Day Twitter chat (April 22). Follow EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy on Twitter as she hosts a Twitter chat on Earth Day. Chat is planned for 3:30 pm ET on April 22.
- Take action to help protect the environment. There’s a lot we can do every day to help protect the environment and the climate, while keeping our families healthy and saving money. Share your thoughts on how you help protect the environment, Earthy Day and Every Day.
- Watch Earth Day videos. Check out the videos for Earth Day. Share with us what you think is worth protecting. #EarthDayEveryDay
- Find events near you. Check out the Earth Day website for events and things you can do to participate in and celebrate Earth Day!
- Join us on Facebook and Twitter. Share your Earth Day experiences, or use hashtag #earthday on Twitter.
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Safe Sun Exposure. If you’re outdoors on Earth Day (or any day), it’s easy to avoid sun overexposure. Use a sunblock of SPF 30 or higher. Remember, the sun in April is as strong as the sun in August, even if the air feels cool. Get your sun safety tips.
Environmental Education Week (April 19-25). EE Week is the nation’s largest celebration of environmental learning and stewardship among K-12 students. Find out more and how to get involved.