On this day in 1970, planet Earth became the focus of thousands of environmentally conscious activists who wanted to make a difference in an increasingly industrialized world. April 22 became Earth Day, a day to spread the word about environmental protection – a way to help prevent many of the man-made disasters occurring in the world at the time. We’ve come a long way since then (43 years), but the sentiment behind the celebration is still as valid as ever.
As technology and industry play much larger roles in all our lives these days, it’s only right that we take the time to consider how our home, Mother Earth, is being affected by our progress. After all, would you install a bunch of high-dollar, electricity eating appliances in your home without first considering the impact this would have on your monthly electric bill? If we, as occupants of planet Earth don’t start paying attention to what we do to our home, we may not be able to afford the bill.
Today, Earth Day is celebrated in around 190 countries around the world and support is growing every year. Here are some things you can do to show your support for Earth Day:
- Make a resolution to start recycling
- Plant a tree
- Ride your bike to work or use public transportation for a day instead of using the car
- Switch over from the more heavily processed chemical cleaning products to some more environmentally friendly varieties
- Teach others about Earth Day and spread the word!