Since April 22nd 1970 the United States has celebrated Earth Day. Earth Day was started by Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin as a way to get grassroots involvement in environmental issues and then getting it on the national agenda in Washington. From the beginning Gaylord refused to allow a ‘national’ approach of one office dictating how to observe or celebrate Earth Day. Because of that policy, it has always been a widely participated event. The first year it was estimated that 1 in 10 Americans participated in an Earth Day event. As the movement has grown there have been more and more public venues to occur. This year there will be an event held on the National Mall in Washington, where a variety of public figures will participate. But the most important events will take place in the backyards and schoolyards of the small towns and big cities across America. So how will you participate?
The theme for Earth day this year is Mobilize the Earth. The activities are called “A Billion Acts of Green campaign.” From planting trees to cleaning up the neighborhoods and highways, people all across America are signing up to participate in Earth Day with their own Acts of Green. The suggestions for how to participate are numerous. A big push this year is to eat more locally grown food thereby decreasing the greenhouse gases emitted in transporting the foods to local stores. Another is to start using reusable shopping bags and decrease the plastic bags that are going into landfills. As always the push to reduce re-use and recycle is a major emphasis. At Cartridge World Bloomingdale our whole purpose is to recycle and reuse.
Let us hear your suggestions for how we can celebrate Earth Day locally? Write a comment here on our blog or go to our Facebook page and post a comment there. Let’s work together to save our environment so that those who come behind us can enjoy it too.