EARTH DAY 2015

What can you do to save the Earth?

The History of Earth Day

Gaylord Nelson thought of the idea of Earth Day while on a tour

out West in the summer of 1969. He worked very hard to do something about

this problem but people didn't respond until he held a demonstration about it in 1970.

Over 20 million people attended to this event. It was also created a

national holiday during this year on March 21st.

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WAYS YOU CAN HELP THE EARTH

There are many things you could do to help the Earth. For example when you change a light bulb to a more energy-efficient bulb you are saving energy. Even the simple things help. When you turn off the water when you brush your teeth you are conserving water.

Here is a link with many ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle.

INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT EARTH DAY

  • Americans use about 69 million tons of paper and paperboard each year.
  • By recycling 1 ton of paper, we save enough energy to heat a home for six months.
  • It takes approximately 1 million years for a glass bottle to break down in a landfill.
  • In 2012, the U.S. produced 32 million tons of plastic. Only 9% was recovered for recycling.
  • The recycling rate has increased from less than 10% in 1980 to more than 34% in 2011.
Earth Day 2015