Earth Day –
a reminder to invest in our planet
By Lisa Nicklanovich
Earth Day 2022 is April 22, marking the 52nd anniversary of the first Earth Day celebrated in 1970. Earth Day is focused on accelerating solutions to combat climate change and to activate everyone, including governments, citizens, and businesses to do their part. This year’s theme is Invest in Our Planet.
Earthday.org, (EDO) the global organizer of Earth Day, coordinates events and activities around the world to showcase global support for the environmental movement. EDO’s mission is to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide. More than one billion people in 192 countries now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.
The earthday.org website offers information on ways to connect with groups around the world that plant trees, clean up public spaces and provide literacy programs on conservation. On the website, take a quiz on sustainable fashion or read an article on sustainable investing. Follow links to support eco-conscious brands, companies and products.
There are simple and easy ways to help the planet from one’s own backyard – like planting a pollinator garden or some wildflowers to building a bird feeder made from a pine cone and peanut butter. There are tons of fun Earth Day projects for kids online using natural and/or recycled materials, as well as scavenger hunt and nature walk suggestions. While out in the fresh air, pick up any trash and consider walking or riding a bike to dinner if possible.
Inside the home, switch to energy-saving light bulbs, fix leaks and go paperless. Use reusable water bottles and shopping bags instead of single-use plastic. Pass on the plastic straw when eating out. Revisit the concept of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.”
Earth Day is an important reminder to take care of the environment and all the natural resources that every human relies on. It can inspire enthusiasm and commitment toward small changes that can add up to protect and preserve our planet for the future.
For more information, visit www.earthday.org, www.tinkerlab.com/fifty-earth-day-activities/, www.plt.org/educator-tips/nature-walk-activities.