Eureka! It's Earth Day!
- I can reduce the amount of shampoo and conditioner I use in the shower.
- I can reduce the minutes I shower.
- I can reuse paper I use by writing on both sides.
- I can reuse plastic bags from from stores.
- I can recycle my copybook paper that I didn't use at the end of the year.
Okay, we all know what Earth Day is about, right? Well, I'm going to tell you more about this holiday! At first it's creator, Gaylord Nelson, just wanted to raise awareness about how to make the earth better. He went to JFK, the president at the time, and told him about what he want to do. JFK tried to do what Gaylord wanted, but he failed. Still, Gaylord didn't give up. He still spoke to people across the nation. He arranged a grassroots demonstration when the politicians didn't care and scheduled it for April 22, 1970. It was a success and the UN Secretary General made it a holiday on March 21, 1971.
Eye-opening Earth Day Facts
- Only 9% of the 32 million pounds of plastic made in 2012 is recycled.
- A glass bottle breaks down in about 1 million years.
- If we save 1 ton of paper from being wasted, that saves 15-17 full-grown trees!
- The ocean is polluted by almost 8 million metric tons of plastic every year.