Celebrating Earth Day

TraceyAs most of you know Earth Day was celebrated all over the world this past Sunday.  It is the World’s Largest Environmental Movement and this Earth Day was focused on Ending Plastic Pollution.

Earth Day was founded on April 22, 1970, by Senator Gaylord Nelson, in the Hopes of making the environment a political issue at a time when U.S. rivers had caught on fire and thick smog was choking our cities.  Since then major environmental laws have helped clean up the soil, air, and water in the U.S.

However, there is much more work to be done.  According to the Earth Day Network, Plastic is poisoning the ocean and land, injuring marine life and even affecting our health.  The Earth Day Network is working to secure a future free of plastic pollution. They are also working to Green Our Schools in the hopes of creating healthy schools for kids to study, learn and grow.  And they also are working to Reforest the Earth, as our planet is losing 15 billion trees each year.

Go to their Website if you are interested in Being Part of the Change.

7 Things We’ve Learned since the last Earth Day:

  • Plastic is a bigger problem than we thought: The plastic crisis is a global one with between 4.8 and 12.7 million metric tons of plastic going into the oceans each year.
  • We lost the last male northern white rhino this year.
  • A few species have bounced back and we discovered some new ones.
  • Greenland’s ice is melting faster than we realized.
  • Thanks to humanitarian assistance, Seagrass is re-growing in the Chesapeake Bay.
  • We need to learn more about natural disasters, like the hurricanes we experienced.
  • Scientists are getting closer to finding another Earth in the Universe.

I would say that a lot of progress has been made since the first Earth Day, but much more needs to be done to take care of the planet that we live on.  It is up to each and every person to do their part for the environment.  For all the kids that are focused on finding solutions and Changing the World ~ these are some of the issues we face!

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