What was the first year Earth Day was celebrated? Earth Day is celebrated on April 22nd every year although in my opinion we should care about the condition of our world not just on that day but everyday. Some of things I am going to do to this weekend is to walk around my neighborhood and pick up trash, plant a tree in my yard, change out some of my old light bulbs to more energy efficient ones. We’ve also arranged for Habitat for Humanity to pick up some old doors, knobs, lights, windows, and other materials that we have on hand so it can be re-purposed and sold to help that organization build new homes. Other things I will continue to do is to recycle, use recyclable grocery bags, recycle hazardous batteries and paint, recycle plastic bags, compost, use both sides of my printer paper to help save a tree, combine as many errands into one trip as possible to save fuel and reduce air pollution, line dry my clothes. There are so many things you can do with the things that you no longer need or want. For example you can donate them to a number of organizations, or join your local Freecycle.org where community members post items that they want to dispose of or list things that they need. If you haven’t done so check it out and remember make Earth Day Everyday.
Lastly, I will take my grandchildren on a nature walk and have fun observing some of the wonderful things in nature. I don’t usually recommend children watching TV but after a fun day of hiking in the woods we could end our day with a movie night watching The Lorax. If you haven’t done so already watch this film with your child or grandchild about what the world would be like without real trees or plants.
Never doubt a small group of committed citizens can change the world; indeed it’s the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead
First Earth Day: April 22, 1970