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Earth Day

Celebrate green living on Earth Day

The environment and the well-being of the planet and its resources are in the news almost every day. This hasn't always been the case, and Earth Day was conceived to make both the masses and the world's politicians more aware of the issues. The goal of Earth Day activities is to make everybody care more and do more about the health of the planet.

The History of Earth Day

The history of Earth Day dates back to 1962, with efforts to convince then-U.S. President John F. Kennedy that the world's resources and the environment needed his protection. The late Senator Gaylord Nelson championed the idea, dedicating himself to bringing ecological issues to the attention of the entire world.

At first, the idea was simply to urge President Kennedy to help make the world's politicians more aware of for the need for ecological conservation. President Kennedy began by going on a five-day conservation tour, beginning in September of 1963.

The tour itself was not a huge success, but it did spawn the idea of designating a day for global awareness of environmental issues. Senator Nelson followed up his efforts by convincing colleges around the country to hold coordinated lectures about the world's environmental issues and how they impact life on this planet.

Earth Day Activities

The first official Earth Day was held in the spring of 1970, and was instantly a massive success. It is now observed in most countries of the world and occurs on the 22nd of April. The Green Apple Foundation holds Earth Day events in many states across the U.S., with music, eco-friendly craft booths and food kiosks. Other popular Earth Day activities include recycling drives, nature trips and environment-themed games for kids. Lectures and seminars, such as the Annual Rainfall and Climate Change forum, are held at universities and communities around the world. Beach cleanups, fundraisers and charitable athletics events are also staged in nations across the planet.

How to Get Involved

You can be a part of Earth Day no matter where you are. Go to the Earth Day website to find out what activities are being hosted in your community, or if you're looking for Earth Day party ideas. Also, check your community calendar to see what events are planned.

Earth Day is a special event that helps everyone celebrate life on Earth in all its forms and learn more about what they can do to help our planet. Get involved and give Mother Earth a much-needed and well-deserved morale boost.

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