Earth Day 2015

By: Grace Toriello

Earth Day

The idea of Earth Day was made in 1962 by Gaylord Nelson. In September, 1969 Earth Day was announced at a conference in Seattle. Gaylord Nelson worked on Earth Day for eleven years. He even contacted the president to let him know about the idea.

On April 22, 1970 over 20 million demonstrators and thousands of schools participated in Earth Day.

Everyone can do something to save the Earth whether you are using less paper, taking public transportation (to cut down on pollution) to and from work, school, etc. or just using materials that are earth friendly, everyone can contribute to save our future.

The average american produces about 4 pounds of garbage A DAY! Over the course of a year we produce more than 1,600 pounds! Recycling a stack of newspaper just 3 feet high saves one tree. Some more things you can do are recycling, carpooling riding your bike instead of driving, recycling glass, turning off lights when you leave your house, and not leaving the water running to long.

Cutting down one tree not only makes animals lose their homes it makes us lose our oxygen. When you recycle the paper from that tree it uses that tree more than once and you can get a lot more uses out of it than if you didn't. So be smart next time you throw out your paper.

I hope now that you know how much one tree being cut down effects the earth you will be more careful about what you throw in the trash can instead of the recycling bin.

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