It has been almost 50 years now since John McConnell spoke at the UNESCO Conference in San Francisco and first proposed the idea of Earth Day. It’s been through many stages since then and has immensely expanded. But now we are in a present where the Earth is arguably at it’s most vulnerable. Here we are going to go over numerous ways to contribute to saving the Earth that will ultimately maximize your Earth Day. First let’s go over a bit of the importance and history of Earth Day.
In 1969, John McConnell, a luminary with a passion for peace, religion, and science, spoke at a UNESCO conference in San Francisco and proposed a day to honor the Earth. The first day was to be on March 21, 1970, the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere, where many predictions about the future were made by various speakers to try to expand awareness. It also took place in 2,000 colleges and universities all over the United States. The date was changed and founded a month later by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson to April 22 and was held that year.
While the April 22 Earth Day was focused on the United States, an organization launched by Denis Hayes, who was the original national coordinator in 1970, took it international in 1990 and organized events in 140+ nations, inflating the expansion of the awareness across our globe. Senator Nelson chose the date of April 22 to maximize the participation of younger people, because of the date not occurring simultaneously with spring break or exams, it doesn’t fall on religious holidays and for the overall enjoyable weather of that time of year.
Today more than 190 countries celebrate Earth Day. In 2017 The March for Science will even be held on the same day, hopefully expanding the mission evermore to the entire world. While we are aware of it however, we must participate in some way and do our part to help your home (the Earth) survive and sustain. So lets get started!
Maximize Your Earth Day!
- Plant a garden outside. What better way to celebrate than to work with the Earth to provide you food for the future.
- Buy a reusable water bottle. This is a great way to tone down on the plastic consumption that ends up on the ground in one way or another.
- Collect rain in rain barrels to water your garden or even to purify and drink! (Check the legality in your state/country)
- Wash your laundry in cold water instead of hot.
- Make your own household cleaners. There are many simple recipes available at your fingertips.
- Use a clothes line outside to dry your laundry.
- Substitute all paper products like napkins and plates for better solutions, such as a cloth napkin and a washable glass plate.
- Support your local restaraunts and stores in your community, especially if they get their product from less than 100 miles away from their location.
- Pay any bills you have online, it’s actually greener!
- Turn your computer completely off when you aren’t using it.
- Replace all (or what you can) of your light bulbs in your home to CFLs or LEDs.
These are all perfect ways to enhance your experience on Earth day and at the same time create opportunities for a for a healthier life in the long run. Maybe think of Earth Day as your starting point, a starting point to actually make a change. If you think you have any great ideas to compliment out list, get in the comments and tell us about it!