Let’s celebrate EARTH!

Earth hour just passed, but now it’s time for Earth DAY! Every April 22nd is Earth Day. Did you know that it’s the most celebrated environmental event worldwide? Did you know that nearly every school child in Canada takes part in an Earth Day activity? Well now you know! J I remember every year at my elementary school we would go out after lunch time with gloves and garbage bags picking up trash around the school yard. It was such a rewarding feeling to take part in an activity, no matter how large or small, that was helping the planet.

So, how did Earth Day get started? EarthDay.ca explains how everything began, by whom and how it’s grown. The first ever Earth Day was on April 22nd, 1970. Since then, the movement has continued to grow. The day was started by the Governor of Wisconsin, Gaylord Nelson, and a Harvard University student, Denis Hayes. The first Earth Day involved a whopping 20 million participants! The first event thankfully “inspired US Congress to pass clean air and water acts, and establish the Environmental Protection Agency to research and monitor environmental issues and enforce environmental laws”. How great is that!!

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More than 1billion people worldwide participate in some sort of Earth day activity or event each year. Never participated before? Now it’s your turn. So what are you going to do? For those of you in Canada that want to participate in an event, Earthday.ca created a map to help you find the closest events near you! Just click on whichever province you’re from, and find the nearest location to you! Personally, I’m trying to see if I can get involved in a tree planting event in a city that is close to me. I’ve always wanted to participate in an event like that, so why not do it now in the spirit of Earth Day!

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If you aren’t able to participate in a n event near you and want to do something in your home, here is Earth Day Canada’s TOP 10 ACTIONS to help the environment. I think a few of the most important actions, yet more simple, on this list is Transportation Alternatives, Washing and Drying and Bathroom Basics. Due to the fact that I on campus in residence, I share my bathroom with six other girls, and I can’t even count on my fingers and toes how many times I have seen people just leave the faucet turned on while they’re brushing their teeth. What is that doing for you? You’re not using the water, so why waste it?! An extremely easy one is transportation methods! In Guelph, there are so many people that ride their bikes to and from their destination, so why not invest in a durable bicycle that will take you to and from wherever you need to go instead of driving, or if you have to drive, why not car pool? Another simple tip is for laundry time. Instead of wasting energy by putting your clothes through the dryer, why not install a clothesline and air dry your clothes?

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So, now it’s your turn. What are you going to do for Earth day?

~Morgan

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