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Did You Know? A Few Interesting Facts About Earth Day

April 14, 2014

 

Earth Day 2014 will soon be upon us! How do you plan to celebrate Mother Earth? Here are a few ideas for celebrating and few fun facts you may not know about this important day.

DID YOU KNOW?

-Each year, Earth Day — April 22 — marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970, a result of the efforts of Sen. Gaylord Nelson (D-Wis.) after  he witnessed the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California.

-An estimated 20 million people participated in the first Earth Day.

-Earth Day had an immediate impact. By the end of the year (1970), the United States saw some of its first major political efforts to protect the environment, including the founding of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

-According to Mother Nature Network, by 1990, Earth Day went global and was celebrated by 10 times as many people as in 1970 — 200 million.

-Earth Day was renamed officially by the UN in 2009 as International Mother Earth Day.

-More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world according to The Earth Day Network.

-Founded by the organizers of the first Earth Day in 1970, Earth Day Network (EDN) promotes year-round environmental citizenship and action, worldwide. Earth Day Network is a driving force, steering environmental awareness around the world. Through Earth Day Network, activists connect, interact and impact their communities, and create positive change in local, national, and global policies. EDN’s international network reaches over 22,000 organizations in 192 countries, while the domestic program assists over 30,000 educators, coordinating thousands of community development and environmental protection activities throughout the year.

The Earth Day Network is making an impact on our environment with their A BILLION ACTS OF GREEN PROJECT. Here is just a few of their accomplishments:

-On Earth Day 2012, more than 100,000 people rode bikes in China to reduce CO2 emissions and save fuel.

-The Ocean Conservancy coordinated with Earth Day Network to collect 10.2 million pieces of trash along the U.S. Coastline for A Billion Acts of Green®.

-Adopt-A-Highway Litter Removal Service of America, Inc. teamed up with A Billion Acts of Green®. AAHLRSA provides marketing, signage and litter removal for Sponsor-A-Highway programs. Sponsorships allow businesses highway recognition signage for their financial contribution a cleaner environment. Over 127,000 bags of trash from America’s highways were picked up in 2012.

-The University of Phoenix partnered with Earth Day Network to install solar panels on the rooftops of 10 schools across the United States for A Billion Acts of Green®.  These installations not only saved the schools money, they also served as a tool to teach students about renewable energy.

Earth Day Network teamed up with Wells Fargo to create a one-of-a-kind online network that fills the rapidly growing need for high quality educational tools that support environmental literacy and share “green” school resources. Currently, over 20,000 teachers take part in the interactive network.

Find out more about The Earth Day Network by visiting their website.

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO CELEBRATE:

– Join PlanetPal.com’s EARTH DAY FAST! and EARTH DAY SWAP! These are  fun and educational ways to get the whole family involved in conserving energy and natural resources.

-Take some time and check out these great phone apps to help you understand and protect the environment. There are nearly 300 different apps to choose from!

-Investigate EARTH DAY events in your area and plan on attending with the family. Visit the GoGreen Web Directory to find out more!

-Gather the neighborhood kids and plan an EARTH DAY CRAFT DAY! Here are some great ideas from Spoonful.com.

– At your child’s school: Hold a contest to see which classroom makes the least amount of garbage at lunchtime on Earth Day.

-Walking School Buses for Earth Day: Establish supervised group walks to school to eliminate driving and traffic volume in school zones.

-Plan a family movie night and watch one of these eco-movies for kids. (Pop some organic popcorn and make it a night to remember!)

-Celebrate Earth Day with The Lorax. Here are 50 ways to fit it into your day.

How do you plan to celebrate EARTH DAY? We would love to hear your ideas!

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