Earth Day 2010 is almost here!

Planet Earth

Do something good for the planet on Earth Day. Photo from Wikimedia Commons.

It is close to that time of year to remember the Earth for a day – yes, it’s Earth Day on April 22.  Earth Day 2010, and indeed every Earth Day, is a good time to remember that we all should be good custodians to the environment.  After all, our children inherit what we leave behind, and I certainly don’t want my legacy to be litter.  There are also some great Earth Day Activities for Kids, if you want to include the little ones.  Plenty of things you can do are incredibly cost-effective, so doing something for Earth Day won’t make need debt relief.

Earth Day began April 22, 1970

The very first Earth Day was a teach-in.  Senator Gaylord Nelson (D-WI) started speaking at rallies for more attention to be called to environmental issues in the fall of 1969.  He put the idea forward for a nationwide grassroots effort for better environmental practices, and thanks to great media coverage, it picked up an incredible amount of steam.  On April 22, 1970, colleges and universities had environmental demonstrations and protests, along with many other organizations.  Over 20 million people participated, and Earth Day and Earth Week were born.  It expanded from there, and now Earth Day is celebrated on April 22 in many countries worldwide.

So what should I do?

There are plenty of activities that will properly commemorate Earth Day 2010.  Take grass clippings, leaves and so forth, and start a compost pile.  Plant a tree; not only do they spruce up a yard, they can add to property value.  (Check out the Arbor Day Foundation for more on that.) You can also do some recycling.  Depending on the policies in your area, you might be able to get some quick cash for certain materials, such as aluminum.  One couple made national headlines for their project Wedding Cans, paying for their wedding by recycling cans.

The EPA expands on Earth Day

The website for the Environmental Protection Agency has some activities in mind.  They suggest people Pick 5 for the Environment, and list activities one can do to conserve water, air, power and waste, as well as advocacy activities.  Going to the EPA website will give you some tips on conservation.

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