Earth Day is celebrating 51 years of advocating for the environment this year!
Beginning in 1970, this day was established to bring the idea of environmental advocacy to people’s attention around the world. Celebrated each year on April 22nd, Earth day is a great day to learn more about the world and our environmental impact we can have on it.
This year’s theme is “Restore our Earth.” Its focus is on natural processes, emerging green technologies, and innovative thinking that can restore the world’s ecosystems.
South Carolina’s DHEC has some great resources on things to do locally to make every day Earth day.
There are also some easy things you can do right now at home to celebrate Earth Day:
- Take a walk in your neighborhood or find a new trail.
- Sign a petition online.
- Donate to an environmental cause.
- Write to your congressman about protecting the Earth.
- Work in the yard then play hard. Or maybe make a birdhouse or bird feeder.
- Online printables can help teach your kids about the environment and how we can protect it.
- Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle in your home.
- Watch a documentary or movie about the Earth.
- Read a book about the Earth, like Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax.
- Start a garden
While most local organizations are not hosting in-person events this year, you can organize something on your own in your neighborhood, or attend something virtually!
You can find out more about Earth Day from earthday.org. This non-profit offers programs and education all year long about climate action, science and education, people and communizes, conservation and restoration, and plastic and pollution. You can find an event near you or donate to the cause. This year, you can follow along on their social media accounts for live talks and information from people all across the world.
How do you celebrate Earth Day?