As a mom of twin toddlers, I find myself spending more time now than ever inspecting tiny bugs on the ground, admiring flowers, watching for birds and finding the moon each night before bed. There is nothing quite like a child’s sense of wonder to make you appreciate the environment that surrounds you. Earth Day is a reminder to us all of how amazing our planet is and the ways we can protect it.
Earth Day was first conceived by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson in the 1960s as a response to his concern that environmental issues were not being addressed politically. He was specifically motivated by the effects of a massive oil spill that he had witnessed in Santa Barbara, CA. His initiative worked – and the government responded to the messages with the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, and Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts.
The first official Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970 with participation from over 20 million Americans. The initial event was intentionally planned between spring break and final exams so that college students would join, and they did! In 1990, Earth Day spread internationally. Today, Earth Day is celebrated annually on April 22 and promotes international awareness of environmental protection and earth conservation. The event has expanded to more than 190 countries and approximately 1 billion supporters, and has brought international attention to environmental issues like recycling and climate change. It is the largest secular celebration in the world!
April 22, 2022 marks the 52nd Earth Day celebration. The theme of Earth Day 2022 is Invest in Our Planet, with a focus on climate change. A primary concept is – “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.”
Every day, but especially on Earth Day, make some time in your day to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air, and take action in protecting our planet. There are many ways, big and small, to help make our world a healthier place to live, and everyone can participate. Here are a few simple suggestions of how you can support Earth Day on April 22 and all year long:
- Turn off the lights and shut down electronics not in use
- Instead of driving - carpool, take public transportation, ride your bike or walk
- Plant a tree
- Build a bird feeder
- Pick up litter
- Turn off the water while you brush your teeth or take a shorter shower
- Recycle and repurpose your own items or start a local collection
- Borrow a book from the library and exchange toys with friends instead of purchasing new
- Buy thrifted outfits
- Use a reusable shopping bag and reusable water bottle or coffee cup
- Enjoy a meatless meal
- Spread the word to family and friends!
How will you celebrate?
Authored by Allison C. Stouch, Esq., a partner in Cipriani & Werner’s Philadelphia, PA office and a member of the firm’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee