Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Earth Day Past and Present

Earth day 2015 is on Wednesday, April 22. You may be asking yourself, “What is earth day and why should I care?”

Some Fun Facts about Earth Day:

  • The very first Earth Day was April 22, 1970 and it was originated in the United States, but by 1990 it was recognized worldwide. 
  • Senator Gaylord Nelson, Democrat from Wisconsin, was the founder and the push behind beginning Earth Day. 
  • He wanted to make people aware of our environmental issues and to inform people how they can help protect our environment. 
  • In 1995, Senator Nelson was awarded, by President Bill Clinton, the Presidential Medal of Freedom for being the founder of Earth Day.
  • In 2009, Earth Day was renamed by the United Nations as International Mother Earth Day. Other countries recognize Earth Day by the new name.

How many people participated in the first Earth Day?
            More than 20 million people.

What were some significant Earth Day celebrations in the past
  • Panama celebrated by planting and maintain over 100 endangered species of orchids, to prevent their extinction. 
  • In 2011, Afghanistan celebrated by planting 28 million trees. 
  • In 2012, people in China, more than 100,000, rode bikes to save fuel and reduce harmful emissions.

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle

What can you do to be a greener citizen, environmentally friendly, and celebrate Earth Day? 
(This is just a small teaser, I will have multiple posts with numerous ways to help save the environment.)

1.       Use less electricity- unplug appliances that are not in use, try using compact fluorescent light bulbs, and using the natural sunlight during the day.
2.     Wash your clothing with cold water and hang them to dry
3.     Only wash full loads- clothes and dishes
4.     Shut down your home desktop- every night and when you aren't using it for more than two hours at a time.
5.     Try using fiberglass products that are free of formaldehyde
6.     Install a high-efficiency shower head
7.      Use natural cleaning products- such as vinegar and baking soda
8.     Buy used goods- second hand clothing, home products, and electronics.
9.     Walk, bike, or carpool when you are able to.
10.  Buy locally grown and raised food- you can also try sustaining your own garden of vegetables, fruits, and herbs.

Although Earth Day is only celebrated once a year, it does not mean we should be eco-friendly only once a year. Some of my ideas can be implemented over time and can be done on a continuous basis. It is never too late to change some habits. Stay Green!

Earth Warrior T-shirt
P.s. I have started making designs for clothing, home decor items, and more. The brand name is Earth Warrior and my hopes are to help educate people on green living, sustainable and renewable living, and types of energy. You can find some of my work at Snaptee Earth Warrior. I also have other products located here. I hope you love them as much as I do! Thanks!
Earth Warrior Wind Turbine Hoodie

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