Earth Day

By Gretchen Reese

History of Earth Day

Earth Day is an international holiday on the 22nd of April every year. The first celebration of this holiday was on April 22nd, 1970. It was an environmental teach-in held by US senator Gaylord Nelson. As a result, Earth Day Network was founded, which now promotes year-round environmental citizenship and action, worldwide.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

In order to make Earth a better place to live, I can...

  • recycle paper and plastic water bottles
  • reuse plastic water bottles, instead of throwing them out and getting a new one (fill them up with water again)
  • replace my light bulbs with more energy-saving ones
  • don't leave the water running while i brush my teeth
  • start a compost bin
  • use a computer to read magazines or newspapers instead of buying them and wasting paper
  • store food in reusable plastic containers

Interesting Facts About Environment

  • The most ozone-polluted area in the United States is Los Angeles-Long Beach-Riverside, California.
  • In recent years, the amount of ozone in the atmosphere has decreased, probably due to human-made gases called chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). As the ozone level decreases, the Sun’s rays become more dangerous to humans.
  • The rise in recent ocean temperatures is alarming because it is one of the most harmful results of global warming. When the surface temperature of the ocean was taken in 2007, it was the highest it’s been in 30 years.
  • The most endangered river is the Colorado River. Some threats to the colorado River and its residents are dams that are harmful to fish or wildlife populations, less water due to the rivers' use as a water supply for human populations, and coal mining that fills streams with coal and dirt.