Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and celebrated in more than 192 countries each year.
Earth Day is important. It educates us about what we have and what we are losing by acting in ways that aren’t environmentally friendly or energy efficient. Earth Day reminds us that we need to take action now to protect our environment before it’s too late.
Without it, some landmark accomplishments might never have happened, such as:
- The establishment of Environmental Protection Agency in 1970
- The Clean Air Act of 1970
- The Clean Water Act of 1972
- The Endangered Species Act of 1973
- The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976
- The Federal Occupational Health and Safety Act aimed at “in-plant pollution”
Thanks to succeeding Earth Days, people have become more aware of the role that the environment plays in helping sustain life in this fragile world of ours and that we need to take an active role in protecting it. For instance, since that very first Earth Day in 1970, we now:
- Practice recycling, which was nearly non-existent 40 years ago
- Have alternative, energy efficient forms of energy, such as different types of light bulbs
- In 1975, catalytic convertors became mandatory for all cars in the US; and now we have hybrids and the first electric cars that don’t use gasoline
- SO2 emissions have dropped by 40%; acid rain levels in the US have decreased by 65% since 1976
- Depletion of the ozone layer has been controlled
Check out these awesome websites & blogs for Earth Day crafts that you can do at home!
– Handprints Around the World
– Watercolor Earth inspired by this pin from Pinterest
– Over 25 ideas for Earth Day crafts