For the fortieth consecutive year countries all over the globe will celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd. Founded as a way to respond to the increasing concern over the ecological crisis in 1970, the Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Wilson inspired his students to find a way to take action and involve the public. This special day is marked to remind of the importance for a movement towards a healthier planet, a clean energy policy and healthier people. For the individual this can mean many ways of taking action. Some are as simple as to turn the lights off when not in the room for example, or to use only as little water as possible. If you have unused or expired medication in your cabinet, you can ask your health provider to dispose of it safely.
In Vermont, Earth Day will be celebrated throughout the Sate. The ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center in Burlington for example will offer special events for families from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Kellogg Hubbard Library in Montpelier offers a presentation on the melting of the polar icecap and talks with first-hand witnesses at 7 p.m.
So what does a clean environment have in common with healthier people? Surprisingly much! If just every tenth person of the U.S. population would choose to ride the bike or the bus this day to work instead of driving a car, it would mean much less oil and coal consumption. This leads to cleaner air, more exercise for those who choose to walk or bike, thus to a healthier individual. Ideally April 22nd could inspire people to continue ecological awareness for the rest of the year. Our planet and we need it more than ever, take action, raise awareness and celebrate!