Earth Day 2021: Short History and Celebration

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Happy Earth Day! On this day, we are reminded that caring for our only home is a basic task of our existence. Taking this into thought, each year on April 22nd is celebrated as Earth Day. We take this day to educate and alert people about the urge to save our planet. So let's combine efforts and make this World a better place to live in.

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Short History

The first Earth Day was celebrated in April 1970, when a United States senator Gaylord Nelson from Wisconsin organized a national demonstration to raise awareness about environmental issues. 20 Million people were demonstrating in the name of the Earth, by the end of the year, the U.S. government had created the Environmental Protection Agency. Today 192 countries around the globe celebrate this day.

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Since this day can be celebrated in many different ways and places, use your freedom and be creative! This year the only limits are the Covid-19 restrictions, but that is no excuse for not celebrating this day in a fun way with your family or close friends. Feel free to take ideas from the following list of activities.

  • Ride your bike. Yes, as simple as that. It is a great option for both, your physical health. If you don't know where to, this website will find the perfect bike route in your area.
  • Plan a picnic. There must be plenty of parks or picnic spots not far from home. If that is not an option, you can also enjoy a picnic from the comfort of your own backyard.
  • Plant your own vegetable garden. There’s absolutely nothing quite like fresh veggies, especially if you grow them yourself—which you can. And this is the best day to start!
  • Family Earth Pledge. Gather the family around the dinner table. Discuss what your family is going to do to save energy. Write your family's energy promise down and hang it in a place where everyone will see it.
  • Go for a litter cleanup. Even by doing the slightest bit, you are making the Earth a better place. Thank you.
  • Commit to recycling. Deciding to recycle items is just the first step, you also want to make sure the items are recycled correctly. Visit How do I recycle? and learn more.

Don't forget, here every day is Earth day!

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