Midori Allen / Associate editor
April 22, aka Earth Day, marks the anniversary of the environmental movement that was founded in 1970 by Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin and organized by Denis Hayes. The beginning of the ’70s marks the peak of the “hippie” culture in America, but not the tree-hugging, nature-loving “hippies” that are known today.
Earth Day was created as a holiday for the world to become aware of the environment and the carbon footprint that was created throughout the centuries. Festivals, rallies, parades and activities in communities around the world celebrate Earth Day. According to earthday.org, over 1 billion people participate in their campaign every year.
The possibilities for one to participate in Earth Day are endless. One does not have to donate to a charity or organize a huge community event. A simple way to become environmentally aware is to change habits at home on a day-to-day basis. Conserving water is an easy way to make a difference. One can conserve water by shutting off the water while brushing teeth, taking quick showers, and maximizing each load of laundry and dishes.
Unplugging electronics that aren’t in use is another simple, easy and efficient way to conserve energy. By unplugging an item that isn’t being used, it isn’t wasting energy in standby mode. Conserving energy is as easy as making sure all the lights and fans are turned off in a room once it becomes unoccupied. It is also an easy way to save money on next month’s electricity bill.
There are countless ways that can be researched that reduce the carbon footprint, and to become involved with helping to save energy.
Earth Day is a global event that happens once a year, every year, but should take place every day without recognition.