Maybe you didn’t know this, but New Jersey takes Earth Day quite seriously. New Jersey calls it “Environmental Education Week” and it goes from Monday 18 April through Sunday 24 April 2022. All information about the state of New Jersey’s Earth Day celebrations can be found here; and/or at EarthDayNJ.org. Other municipalities within the state have posted other Earth Day festivities on their respective websites.
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP,) Alliance for New Jersey Environmental Education (ANJEE,) New Jersey Commission for Environmental Education (NJCEE,) New Jersey Audubon Society (NJAS,) and others have joined forces in creating one of the largest Earth Day incentives in the country!
From the state website, they predict the “celebration will involve thousands of educators and millions of students and it will enhance the educational impact of Earth Day.” Educational programs will be offered to students and New Jersey residents of all ages throughout the various events booked throughout the following week. The official event calendar can be found here.
According to the American Environmental Protection Agency (EPA,), environmental conservation and protection efforts began in the 1960s. “Before 1970, a factory could spew black clouds of toxic smoke into the air or dump tons of toxic waste into a nearby stream, and that was perfectly legal,” before the existence of The Clean Air Act or The Clean Water Act, as explained on the EPA website about the history of Earth Day.
A brief history from the EPA website explains, “Astronauts had begun photographing the Earth from space, heightening awareness that the Earth’s resources are finite.” The EPA’s official Earth Day website may be found here.
If YOU want to do your part and make an effort to help your community protect the planet, New Jersey residents can find suggestions of ways to help here. New Jersey business owners can find suggestions to become involved in Earth Day here. Students, educators, and education facilities can become involved here, while tons of other opportunities (and resources) can be found here.