Earth Day is observed by over one billion people around the world on April 22 each year. People are organizing rallies, cleaning up their communities, planting trees and teaching their children about protecting our planet.
"Earth Day is the most powerful force the environmental movement has ever known,” said Kathleen Rogers, president of Earth Day Network. “Millions of people will be permanently recruited into the environmental movement, joining the more than a billion people who already use this day to focus on the urgent need to stabilize global greenhouse gas emissions, fight climate change, live more eco-friendly lives and protect their children’s futures.”
This year's Earth Day focus is Green Cities. In addition, Earth Day Network is working with cities across America to implement sustainable programs and policies.
“For the first time in history, most people on Earth live in urban areas. Many of these cities are desperately trying to transform themselves into models of efficiency and sustainability, and some are preparing to face the perils of climate change. We’re working with these cities, local governments, citizens, and other stakeholders to convert these cities into “green cities.” That means redesigning their transportation infrastructure, modernizing their energy systems, and rethinking the way they build,” said Franklin Russell, Director of Earth Day at Earth Day Network.
Families everywhere can participate in Earth Day everyday by teaching their children about the importance of clean air and water by spending more time outdoors, reducing waste, recycling and participating in community clean-up efforts.
To learn more about Earth Day 2014 and how you can get involved, visit the Earth Day Network website. Here are some ways to be kind to planet Earth everyday.
Clean up Your Community
Across the country, people of all ages participate in cleanup days in their communities. Through programs like Adopt a Street or Adopt a Highway, your family can join in the efforts to keep our planet clean.
Spend Time Outdoors
Enjoy nature and save energy by spending more time outdoors. Whether you're at the park or in your own backyard, enjoy the gift of nature's beauty.
Drive Less, Walk More
You probably can't walk everywhere you need to go, but you can choose to drive less. Do all of your errands on a single day. Carpool to work. Walk to nearby activities and events. Walking is a good way to stay in shape and to keep our planet in shape.
Trees provide shelter and protection, produce fruit and nuts, prevent erosion, reduce noise and absorb carbon monoxide and other harmful chemicals. Trees also provide beauty to your yard or garden. Plant trees with your kids to celebrate Earth Day.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Go green with your family by reducing how much trash you send to the landfill. Repair and reuse items instead of throwing them away. Consume less. Recycle plastic, paper and other products and reduce your impact on the earth.
Ride bikes for recreation and to get to your destination. Many cities have added bike lanes to public streets. Work with your city to add bike lanes, making it easier to bike where you're going instead of driving.
Turn off Lights
You don't need lights turned on throughout the house all the time. Reduce the amount of energy your family uses by teaching kids to turn off lights when they leave a room. Turn off the television, computers and other electronics and enjoy unplugged time together. Eat dinner by candlelight as a family.
Clean up Waterways
Rivers, oceans, creeks and streams quickly overflow with items people dispose of improperly. Trash washes downstream, creating environmental problems. Teach your kids to dispose of trash properly and take part in clean waterway projects in your community.
Grow Your Own Food
Eating more vegetables and fruit is good for you and is also good for the environment. Grow your own food or visit your local farmer's market to enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables while helping our planet.
One Man's Trash is Another Man's Treasure
Instead of throwing away items you no longer need, hold a yard sale. One man's trash is another man's treasure. You'll help save the environment while making a little money. Use the money to help plant trees around the world.