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  • Writer's pictureTanya Hilts

Earth Day April 22, 2023

This year makes the 53rd anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement, commemorated annually as Earth Day. The Theme for this year's Earth Day is “INVEST IN OUR PLANET”  

Here is some Fun fact about Earth Day: 

  • Exceeding all expectations, 20 million Americans participated in the first Earth Day observance in 1970. Celebrations effectively stopped traffic in New York City when 20,000 people packed Union Square to see Hollywood actor Paul Newman and hear a speech by New York City Mayor John Lindsay, who arrived on an electric bus.

  • Throughout the 1970s, Earth Day observances eventually led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.

  • Today, Earth Day is the largest secular holiday in the world, with more than 500 million people taking part in 174 countries around the world.

  • Google has celebrated Earth Day with animated doodles on its home page since 2001.

Here are a few Earth Day Activity ideas: 

  • Take a weekend morning to scour the neighborhood for discarded plastics, cans, and bottles for a personal cleanup project that will help the entire community. If you live in a coastal area, this is especially important in helping to protect ocean wildlife.

  • Build a bird feeder for the backyard or patio -- by using a plastic bottle and filling it with bird feed. NOTE: You can also make a nature-made feed bowl out of half an orange peel. Fill it with seed and place it on an outdoor table or windowsill.

  • Go on a hike. Spend some time outdoors and remember why it’s so important to celebrate Earth Day and protect our world.

Until next time,

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