Mission – Reduce, Reuse, Replenish, Recycle, Restore
Each year, Earth Day – April 22 – marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. The Earth Day was the brainchild of Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, a staunch environmentalist who hoped to provide unity to the grassroots environmental movement and increase ecological awareness. The Senator first came up with the idea in 1969 when an oil spill occurred in Santa Barbara, California. At the time, environmental issues were not enough of a concern to bring about any effective change. The Senator had an idea to direct some of the energy and enthusiasm of the anti-war movement toward issues regarding pollution.
This day celebrates Mother Earth’s environment and raises public awareness around the world to the challenges regarding the well-being of the planet and all the life it supports. Earth Day has continued to grow over the years. In 1990, it went global, and 200 million people in 141 countries participated in the event, according to the Earth Day Network. Earth Day 2000 included 5,000 environmental groups and 184 countries. By celebrating Earth Day, people can also create changes in their everyday lives and in their communities that will have a positive impact on the world around them.
Meaningful ways to celebrate Earth Day
- Planting a tree is a great way to celebrate Earth Day. When people plant trees they are doing more than just beautifying an area. Planting one will just add to the health and wellness of the world that we live in.
- Pick up a discarded bottle and recycle it (even if it isn’t yours)
- Make a pledge to keep water clean and accessible for years to come
- Earth Day is a wonderful time to stop and appreciate our global home and the amazing gifts that Mother Nature has given us. Take a walk in nature and simply appreciate it.
- Give your car the day off this Earth Day. Plan to get to work, school, and happy hour using a more eco-friendly mode of transportation instead. Walk, ride your bike, take the bus, even carpooling is a great option.
Join San Diegans in celebrating Earth Day 2018 at the annual EarthFair which features the largest free environmental fair in the world. The event is accompanied by entertaining music, health foods, a children’s parade, and a Kids Zone.
Date – Sunday, April 22, 2018
Location – Balboa Park Central Mesa
Hours – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Tanya Sawhney is a Freelance Journalist and can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org