April 22nd marks that time of the year in which we take a moment to show our love and support for beautiful Mother Nature. This day is greatly known as Earth Day. Not only is it a day to stop and smell the roses, but it is also a day to raise awareness about protecting and caring for our earth through sustainability. Over 192 countries celebrate Earth Day today. People around the globe celebrate this special occasion through festivals, clean-ups, and other ways that promote eco-friendliness. What has started as an environmental movement has grown into an environmental cause that has spread rapidly.
Earth Day was originally founded by Gaylord Nelson, a former U.S. Senator of Wisconsin. Gaylord was inspired to create this movement after witnessing the major oil spill of 1969 in Santa Barbara, California. The oil spill damaged the marine life that was inhabiting the Santa Barbara Channel, killing thousands of animals. Gaylord wanted to prevent other global damages from occurring by forming an environmental movement. On April 22, 1969 he created a teach-in in order to gain political support for his environmental agenda. This created a huge buzz around the United States with 20 million people participating nation-wide. Thousands of college students protested in effort to stop oil spills, toxic waste, the pollution of factories, and other factors that contribute to the deterioration of the environment.
Today, people gather together to continue fighting for the same cause by actively cleaning the environment, indulging in festivities, or simply educating on the environment. This year the National Zoo will offer free admission to the public to have their Green Team experts educate on how to become more conscious of the environment. At the National Mall in Washington D.C. college students will be able showcase their environmentally-safe innovations to compete for the annual U.S. Environmental Protection Agency P3 Award. Another fun Earth Day event can be found in Maryland, where the Brookside Gardens Festival takes place. There will be an array of activities to choose from. Many of these activities appeal to children since it is very important to educate the youth to truly change the future towards sustainability. Kids will be able to enjoy making earth wind kites, tree scavenger hunts, and taking home their very own tree sapling to grow. But who can forget San Francisco. San Francisco being an eclectic, eccentric place, events held there are always fun and unique. Here, you will be able to partake in do-it-yourself projects, eco fashion shows, eco art exhibitions, solar-powered beer and wine garden tours, and other exciting, interesting activities.
So, whether it is helping to clean the roads, riding a bike instead of a vehicle, or making creations out of recyclables, simple actions like these can help encourage an environmentally-safe way of living. Neglecting to care for our environment will lead to damaging our health and ultimately, endangering our lives. Therefore, we must love the earth we live in by treating it well.
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