Monday, April 22 marks the internationally celebrated Earth Day. It is a time for all of us to come together to help our precious and fragile planet. There are a number of ways to recognize this day. Everyone is different, and we want to figure out the best way for you to celebrate.
The first official Earth Day was in 1970, created by US Senator Gaylord Nelson. Nelson was devastated by the 1969 oil spill that occurred in Santa Barbara, CA. He was inspired by college students anti-war movements and wanted to create a movement of his own pertaining to environmental protection. The first Earth Day was a huge success, drawing tens of millions of people across the country in protest of these oil spills and other careless acts against the environment. By the end of 1970, the first Earth Day had led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Act. By the 1990s, Earth Day became an international event, promoting things like recycling, deforestation, environmental literacy, and more. To this day, Earth Day is still a worldwide holiday, urgently pushing towards a cleaner environment.
What Can I Do On Earth Day 2019?
Neighborhood Trash Pickup on Earth Day
The easiest place to get started is right in your own neighborhood! In fact, communities across the country (and the world) organize their own neighborhood trash pickups on Earth Day. There are most likely fliers posted in your local library, coffee shop, or book store. Do some research and see if your neighborhood has organized anything. If not, that’s okay! You can grab a trash bag, some gloves, and then get to work yourself. If you need some help with supplies or ideas, this page is a great place to start.
Get Outside on Earth Day
Recognizing Earth Day can be as simple as taking a walk outside and appreciating the beauty of the outdoors. If you want to take it a step further, try going on a hike at a state or national park. In fact, it will be free entry on Saturday, April 20th at all National Parks to commemorate Earth Day and the first day of National Park Week. Going on a hike might not seem like much. But, showing your support of parks helps tell our leaders what is important to us. Preserving our natural land like the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone matters now more than ever.
Donate on Earth Day
We get it. Life gets in the way sometimes and you just can’t make time in your schedule right now. That’s okay. There are still ways to honor Earth Day without having to carve time out of your schedule. Donating to your favorite environmental cause is also a huge help, and it certainly doesn’t go unnoticed!
Here are a few recommended places:
- The Nature Conservancy: “From our historic work in land acquisition to cutting-edge research that influences global policy, The Nature Conservancy is constantly adapting to take on our planet’s biggest, most important challenges. Our vision is a world where the diversity of life thrives, and people act to conserve nature for its own sake and its ability to fulfill our needs and enrich our lives.”
- Clean Water Action: “[Our mission is] to protect our environment, health, economic well-being and community quality of life. Clean Water Action organizes strong grassroots groups and coalitions, and campaigns to elect environmental candidates and to solve environmental and community problems.”
- Mongabay: “Mongabay has grown into the world’s most popular rainforest information site and a well-known source of environmental news reporting and analysis. Today Mongabay draws more than 2.5 million visitors per month and publishes stories in half a dozen languages. It is commonly used as an information source by mainstream media, including The Economist, Bloomberg, National Geographic, and the Associated Press.”
- National Parks Foundation: “Our national parks are a uniquely American idea, truly supported by all of us. We are inspired by the beauty that surrounds us. We seek the wild and untamed land, the places where history was made, the sites that honor our heroes, and we stand behind what really matters— protecting these sacred places.”
Of course, it’s easier now more than ever to donate to these causes through your DoTopia account. You can even send DoDollars to a loved one so that they can donate to their charity of choice.