Celebrate Earth Day Every Day


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The first Earth Day was celebrated on Apr 22, 1970 and approximately 20 million people attended marches and rallies around the United States. Senator Gaylord Nelson announced this idea 50 years ago, but people don’t need to celebrate Earth Day just one day a year. 

The event was meant to increase environmental awareness among politicians. The day is now celebrated in 193 countries. It is now the largest secular event celebrated in the world.

Now that we’ve learned about the history of earth day, we can learn about how we can celebrate earth day every day, even during a pandemic. 

Always practice the ‘Three Rs’: reduce, reuse, recycle. Use them in that order. Here’s how you can apply each one to daily life.

Reducing is the easiest R. If you don’t need it, don’t buy it. If you do need to buy it, an alternative is to buy second-hand items to reduce the need for companies to mass produce a product.

There are so many reusable alternatives that people should invest in to save their bank accounts and the planet. Bring a refillable water bottle instead of buying a single use plastic one, invest in a reusable grocery bag, and buy containers to pack your lunch instead of plastic wrap. These alternatives are easy, and for the most part, cheap. 

Recycling is the last option. If you can’t reduce or reuse, you should recycle. If you’re not sure what is and isn’t recyclable, go to your county’s official recycling website.

If you practice all three Rs, and you want to do more, here are a few more challenges to take on. Consider starting a garden or planting a tree. Another way to contribute is to reducing your meat intake. Always remember to turn off your lights and TV when you aren’t using them. 

If everybody keeps these little tips in mind, we can make a big difference. Treat everyday like it’s Earth Day.