Happy Earth Day!
Earth Day? Never heard of it…
Earth Day is an environmental movement that was first celebrated April 22, 1970, when 20 million people gathered in the streets to protest the industrial revolution (were you there?). Earth Day was recognized worldwide by 1990. In honor of the day, here are some interesting facts about our great planet.
What the what?!
- Interested in the moon? Each year, Americans throw out enough soda cans and bottles to get to the moon and back…twenty times (facts.randomhistory.com).
- You could also circle the Earth four times with the amount of plastic bottles that are thrown away in the US each year, according to Facts.Randomhistory.com.
- Take a shower instead of a bath and you’ll save 25-50 gallons of water.
- In order to power a home for 5 months, you can recycle 1 ton of paper…which will also save 17 mature trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, 2 barrels of oil, and 4000-kilowatt hours of electricity (http://www.benefits-of-recycling.com/interestingrecyclingfacts/)
- According to DoSomething.org, to reduce CO2 emissions and save fuel, more than 100,000 people biked in China on Earth Day in 2012.
- Afghanistan joined in 2011 when the Earth Day Network planted 28 million trees (DoSomething.org).
- In Panama, 100 endangered species of orchids were planted and maintained to prevent their extinction in honor of Earth Day (DoSomething.org).
What’s your community doing to help and where does it rank? Find out!
How should you celebrate?
- Bike or walk instead of using your car
- Turn off all the lights, lay a blanket in the yard and look at the stars
- Take our eco-friendly quiz to see where you rank
- See if your home is aligned with these energy saving tips
- Try these recycled crafts!
- Watch Disney’s Earth
Or go big…
- Plant a tree
- Find an event in your area.
Happy Earth Day! Let us know how you’re celebrating!