Happy Earth Day!

Besides going around and saying “Happy Earth Day” to each other, do you really know what Earth Day is for and what the history behind it is?

Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970 and was the brainchild of peace activist John McConnell, who at a  UNESCO Conference in 1969, proposed a day to honor the Earth and the concept of peace.

For an unknown reason, a separate Earth Day was founded just a month later by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in, to be held annually each April 22nd.  Mr. Nelson chose this date in order to maximize participation on college campuses, siting that the week of April 19–25 was the best time frame as it was a week where there were no large exams and did not conflict with spring break or religious holidays such as Easter and Passover.

Earth Day has only been internationally recognized since 1990.

So besides just saying “Happy Earth Day” to other people, how can you get involved? Better yet, what are some ways that you can honor our home, the Earth, every day and not just on April 22nd of each year?

EarthDay.org has some ideas! In addition to educating the masses on ways to reduce our carbon imprint and live in a more environmentally conscious and friendly way, they offer links to various Earth-friendly organizations that you can donate towards.  One of these organizations is The Canopy Project, who plant millions of trees in impoverished areas around the world.

If you’re not able to contribute financially towards one of the organizations they suggest, try an act of Earth kindness on a smaller scale! THIS great article has suggestions on small ways that every individual can make a very big positive impact on our planet.

Remember, although these things seem small, the outcome of many people doing the same small thing can be very, very big!

Happy Earth Day!