April 15, 2016

April 22 is Earth Day

Earth Day on April 22 is commemorated in countries across the globe. But how and why did this day to think about Earth get started?

The first Earth Day in 1970 was the idea of Gaylord Nelson, a US Senator from Wisconsin, who wanted to increase public awareness of and political action on environmental issues. Twenty million Americans demonstrated that day for healthier, more sustainable practices in many aspects of daily living, from pollution to pesticide use to wildlife extinction. Many people believe that Earth Day 1970 was the beginning of modern environmentalism.

Earth Day expanded outside America in 1990 when Denis Hayes, one of the original organizers, mobilized 200 million people in 141 countries to raise awareness of global environmental issues. Earth Day has continued to grow since then.

One Simple Act
For Earth Day, many people participate in large community events, but you can also show support in smaller, more personal ways. The Government of Alberta’s One Simple Act program encourages Albertans to commit to one simple act to lead a more environmentally friendly lifestyle. Here are 5 of the program’s suggestions.

Replace one regular light bulb with a compact fluorescent bulb.
Go idle-free in the car.
Take shorter showers.
Run the washing machine and dishwasher with full loads only.
Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth.

The full One Simple Act list is available on the program website.

To support Earth Day, you can choose one or more of these simple acts… and once you see how easy they are, you can continue with them afterwards.

Read more about Earth Day on our Facebook page.