How can you help the Earth?
History about Earth Day
What if everything was gone. No flowers, bees, trees, or even grass. What would happen? Well in 1962, Gaylord Nelson wanted to do something to protect the environment. The work that Nelson started was what led to Earth Day. Nelson found out that not a lot of people cared about the environment and problems like deforestation, the ruining of trees. Nelson went to Washington D.C. to try to convince President John F. Kennedy to stand up for environmental destruction. President didn't hear about Nelson for a long time but when he did he sent out a five-day, 11-state conservation tour in September 1963. Even though it wasn't a success , Nelson wasn't ready to give up. ''The idea that became earth day occurred to me while on a conservation speaking tour out west in the summer of 1969''. Gaylord died on July 3, 2005.But his ledge goes on and encourages others to go out and help with earth Day.
not using plastic bags when going to the store and instead using reusable bags
Instead of throwing out all your empty water bottles use them again for other things
Recycling your old clothes or toys to make other projects or games
- The average American person produces four ponds of garbage a day. Over the course of a year, that is about 1,600 pounds of garbage per person.
- The recycling rate has increased from 10% in 1980 to 34% in 2011.
- Only 9% of the 32 million tons of plastic from 2011 was recovered and recycled.
- It takes approximately 1 million years to break down a glass bottle in a landfill.
- By recycling 1 ton of paper, we can save enough energy to heat a home for six months.