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Happy Earth Day! Earth Day is a time for us to come together as a global community and celebrate our shared responsibility for caring for our planet. Thanks to heavy urbanization and industrialization, the Earth is at risk. Although our modern way of life affords us many advantages, it also poses many dangers. We must be conscious of the resources we consume, the trash we leave behind, and the carbon footprint we create.
Climate change and environmental protection are critical hot topics today. The importance of preserving the Earth for our posterity – the importance of conserving a safe, healthy home for our children – is paramount. To learn more about conservation and environmental protection, check out our Green Teams Education Kit. It’ll teach you and your class about proper recycling, keeping the air clean, and saving resources like energy and water.
Earth Day was founded in 1970 by Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin. In the 1960s, America was beginning to realize the harmful effects of pollution on the environment. Senator Nelson was determined to make environmental protection a priority for the federal government, swearing our planet was at risk. Inspired by the antiwar “teach-ins” that were prevalent at the time, he devised a day where people all over the country would teach about environmentalism and organize rallies.
Since then, Senator Nelson’s holiday has become a global event. Today, 192 participating countries will take part in this massive day of awareness, and the Earth Day Network retains a strong omnipresence online and in our cities. The theme for this year’s Earth Day is The Face of Climate Change, shedding light on a very real and quickly worsening problem. To learn how you can participate – and upload your own photo to the Face of Climate Change – check out www.earthday.org!