Happy Earth Day!
Today is a day where the whole world comes together to celebrate our little blue planet. People gather together as family, friends, and communities to plant trees and flowers, clean up litter, have picnics, and enjoy the great outdoors.
But where did Earth Day start? On April 22, 1970, the first national Earth Day was held, founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson, who was later awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his efforts. First designed to be a teach-in and celebrated primarily on college and university campuses, Earth Day is a time where people from all walks of life come together to talk about environmental issues and move toward action. In 1990 Earth Day became a global celebration, and today the Earth Day Network estimates 1 billion people across the planet are participating in Earth Day activities and celebrations.
How do you celebrate Earth Day? Google has a beautiful Doodle today that gives some ideas of how to celebrate. The Earth Day Network has organized a March for Science. Many cities and towns hold Earth Day activities and service opportunities. You could also commit to more Eco-friendly practices like taking reusable bags to to grocery store, using public transportation and carpooling, and learning about the recycling programs in your area.
To see how others are celebrating Earth Day, here are some of my favorite Earth-loving social media accounts:
NASA on Instagram: @nasa
National Geographic on Instagram: @natgeo
Bear Scientist Wes Larson on Instagram: @grizkid
NatGeo Photojournalist Paul Nicklen on Instagram: @paulnicklen
And many others are included here.