Earth Day is Thursday, April 22, but there are several celebrations throughout the week in over 174 countries. It was originally founded on April 22, 1970, by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson, to inspire awareness and appreciation for the earth’s environment. (See wikipedia.org.) It's the perfect time to promote values of earth preservation to others, especially our youth, as we share our respect for the gift of nature.
One great way to celebrate Earth Day is to join the Climate Rally to be held on Sunday, April 25, at 11 am to 7 pm, at the National Mall, Washington, DC, where Earth Day Network and partners will demand that Congress pass comprehensive climate legislation that will create American jobs and cap carbon emissions. Earth Day Network is even providing free bus service to this huge rally from New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Columbus, Charleston WV, Richmond, Charlottesville, and Baltimore. If you can’t travel, you can still support it online. (See earthday.org.)
Or you can check with the Humane Society for several suggestions on how you can save the animals to celebrate Earth Day—covering topics such as rallying for whales, giving back to wildlife, and helping wildlife in your own backyard. (See humanesociety.org or yuba.net.)
No matter where you live, edhelper.com offers several fun and educational Earth Day activities— including books, puzzles, writing and art projects— especially for kids.
If you live in or near Cincinnati, Ohio, and you missed the annual Cincinnati Earth Day Celebration at Sawyer Point on April 17, there are still many opportunities to participate in this meaningful observation, including the following ones, held on Saturday, April 24: (See citybeat.com.)
1) The Cincinnati Zoo will have eco-friendly crafts for kids, special animal exhibits, and much more, from 10 am to 2 pm. (See cincinnatizoo.org.) 2) The annual thinkGREEN event, from noon to 6pm, at Marvin’s Organic Gardens o Route 42 in South Lebanon, OH, offers music, food, activities, door prizes, and other resources to educate the community on the environment. (Call 513-321-3319 for more information.) 3) Go Green, an event in the Towne Center in Fort Thomas, KY, 10 am to 3 pm, is offering free trees, information on sustainable living, and kids’ activities. (See gogreencampbell.org.)
Prepare to be impressed by this Youtube video, created by youth in anticipation of Earth Day, 2010: