Earth Day


What is Earth Day?

The Earth Day is a global phenomenon which is annually celebrated on April 22 to show our concern and support for the mother nature. According to the stats and surveys, around one-billion people around the world take part in the celebrations on this day, which makes the day the most widely observed non-religious celebration in the world.

History

Looking back at the history of this day, major advancements took place in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The idea got off the ground in 1969 when John McConnell, a peace activist, forwarded a proposal suggesting to observe a day in the honor of the Earth. This idea was adopted by the UN and later on the famous environmentalist, Gaylord Nelson further proposed that on the day, there should be programs and teach-ins conducted to spread awareness about the environment and the issues the blue planet faces. This later on developed into the civic-focused Earth day. It was first celebrated on April 22, 1970. But until two decades, the Earth Day celebrations stayed within the US and could not reach the whole world. Only after 1990, it became a global celebration.

Now, the Earth Day is a full-fledged event involving a number of activities. In some parts of the world, the Earth Day is extended to be celebrated for an entire week, termed as Earth Week.


Why Do We Celebrate Earth Day??

The main purpose of celebrating the Earth Day is to get everyone to do their part towards the environment.
The day aims to raise awareness for protecting and caring for the planet.
It is celebrated to share ideas, adopt practices and choose sustainable options that would help in preserving the life on this planet.
From Earth Day's beginning in 1970, the day has evolved into a big event which has spawned multiple communities and associations under its umbrella.
These groups come up with ambitious projects every year to make the Earth a better place to live. Of the few popular ones are Women and the Green Economy effort (WAGE) and Earth Day Network.


THEME OF EARTH DAY 2018

Every year the Earth Day takes a new theme.
This year the goal is to end the PLASTIC POLLUTION.
The increased use of plastic has penetrated so deep in our lives, that from disturbing the marine life to littering landscapes to disrupting the human hormones, it has become a serious threat to the environment. The goal of this year is to spread awareness among masses in order to change their attitude towards plastic and make them more responsible through reusing, reducing and recycling the plastic as much as possible.


Earth Day Activities

Earth and its purity seem to strike match with the spirit of innocence. It is this innocence that seems to be losing its charm with the passage of time, over globalization, technology de-forestation, pollution and many other factors Our Mother Earth seems to be undergoing a critical stage and is getting increasingly scraped off its natural beauty. So why not take this occasion of Earth Day (on April 22nd)†to try and conserve our Mother Earth. Along with this, letís make a resolution to follow the steps ardently so that we can enjoy the gifts of earth in all her bounty.

Take a hike:†

  • So join hands with friends, families and kids of your own or in and around your locality and take a trail down the lane to celebrate this special day dedicated more for us than for the world around us. After all, we are the benefactors.


Host an Earth-Friendly Picnic:†

  • Give a zing to your†family's†taste buds: Cooking is de-stressing. So use this occasion to call all your kidís compatriots over a healthy and hearty meal churned out of organic ingredients. See then smack their lips as they ask for more servings.?


Plant something:†

  • Get your hands dirty and indulge in the pleasures of gardening . Plant seeds, water tress or even remove weeds. You can involve your†children†too. Make them feel responsible. Make them feel like a proud important member of the environment.?

Plant something

Keep your surroundings clean:†

  • If you are blesses with the little greeneries around your neighborhood, then you organize a plan to clean the park from al the unnecessary litter that tends to detract it from its natural lust beauty.?

Keep your surroundings clean

Feed Fine-Feathered†Friends:

  • Give a little though to our feathered friends by making pine cones for them. Make it at hoe with some pine cone, string and lard. Hang out outside and welcome the entry of the innocent winged companions.?


Watch the magic of recycling:†

  • If you have been collecting a heap of papers, grocery bags and other stuffs worth recycling, then take this day as the opportunity to drop off these things to the nearby recyclable factory. Watch the recycling process as unused items get transformed into new objects of much utility.

  • Keep your surroundings clean

  • Give your kids an additional edge to celebrate this Earth Day in a manner never thought of before.

Take a trial down the lane:

  • Take a small trip down the lane that leads up to the lakes and the trees. Involve your child in doing a little of exotic bird watching and watch him dance in glory as he tries to recollect the names from his science book.


Organise special Earth Day event:

  • Celebrate an evening party with (i) recycling games (ii)† dance and music to celebrate the spirit of Mother Earth (iii) arrange †a story telling session and watch their faces with rapt attention.†


Visit Local Zoo or Aquarium:

  • To spend a few hours outdoors, why not visit the zoo or the aquarium to help them get first hand knowledge about the creatures that they have only seen in pictures.

 Aquarium

Build a Solar Oven:

  • Gather all your little menís support to plan an exciting activity as making a solar oven. Though it will be a tough task to teach the concept of renewable energy to evolving brains, yet a first hand knowledge at creating a solar oven will help them get high ranks in their forthcoming science classes.†

Build a Solar Oven

Earth Day Facts

Earth Day is celebrated annually to create awareness as well as to demonstrate the support for environmental protection, which is essential for the well being of our planet and humanity as a whole. Earth Day is celebrated on April 22 every year across the globe. This year, the event would create awareness about the harmful effects of plastic on the environment. Here are ten facts about Earth Day.


1. The first Earth Day
The first Earth Day was observed on April 22, 1970. The basic purpose of Earth Day was to create awareness about the issues concerning the Earth. Around 20 million people across the United States were a part of the first Earth Day celebrations.

2. The day originated in the United States
Earth Day originated in the United States in 1970 and was observed across the entire nation. Till 1990, the event was observed in the United States, but from that year onwards became a world-wide event. Around 200 million people in some 141 countries were mobilized for the event.

3. Founder of Earth Day
The Earth Day was created by Gaylord Nelson, who was the Senator of Wisconsin, US. He was of the view that not much emphasis was being given to the environment which is the most important aspect for humanity. Thus, to create awareness about issues concerning the environment, he created the Earth Day.

4. Participation in the first Earth Day
Apart form the 20 million people who took part in the festivities, the first Earth Day was celebrated on a large-scale in schools and colleges in the United States. Around 2,000 colleges and universities across the country took part in the celebrations. Other than this, 10,000 primary and secondary schools also celebrated Earth Day.

5. Going international
Earth Day became an international event in 1990. Denis Hayes, who was the national coordinator for the 1970 event, was the person responsible for taking it to the global stage. During that year, Earth Day was organized in 141 countries across the world.

6. Activities on Earth Day
On the day many activities and events are held across the world. Many of these are associated with the theme of the event. Many people sign petitions, while others plant trees, which are essential for a clean and green environment. Some people also collect garbage from the streets and also make plans on how to make earth a much better place.

7. Some celebrations in foreign countries
Though Earth Day is a big event across the world, but some countries go a step further in creating awareness. During the Year 2011, the Earth Day Network planted approximately 28 million trees in Afghanistan. To create awareness about the growing pollution and depleting fuel resources, a whopping 100,000 people in China rode bikes in the year 2012, while Panama planted 100 endangered species of Orchids.

8. Name changed to International Mother Earth Day
Earth nurtures humanity the way a mother nurtures her child. Thus in the year 2009, the name of Earth Day was changed to the International Mother Earth Day.

9. Sometimes the festivities last a week
Though Earth Day s a one-day affair, in some schools and communities across the world, the event stretches for a week. This allows a much longer period to enable to create awareness among the people regarding the importance of preserving the environment.

10. Earth Day 2018
Plastic has a harmful effect on the environment. Thus to create awareness about the issues involved with the usage of plastic, the Earth Day in 2018 is dedicated to this substance. The focus this year is to create awareness among the people so that their attitude regarding plastic undergoes a change.


Earth Day Books

Celebration of Earth day takes place across the globe. Itís time for you to get creative and imaginative with your Earth day ideas and activity of Earth day. Start looking for help from the Earth day books and arrange for everything days in advance. There are also various Earth day activities book that children love to spend time on. This gives them an idea about the concept of Earth day and what exactly it depicts.

List of Earth day activity books

The Earth bowl:

  • This activity book of Earth day speaks of the four layers of the Earth - the inner core, the outer core, the mantle, and the crust. †

  • The Earth Bowl is a three dimensional, safe to eat illustration of the earth arranged in a cross section. If you have time, ask the children to take part in measuring the ingredients and also for construction of the bowl.†


A watery world:

  • This activity of Earth day is to introduce among the kids the fascinating water world. The activity book should have information that shall be interesting and at the same time informative to the kids.


Care for Earth:

  • During this activity, children have the option of becoming familiar with diverse kinds of trash that is found in school and methods to reduce the trash.

  • By this, children would learn to address the trash issues properly. They will also become acquainted with the solutions to handle trash and this in every manner shall instill awareness among them about the Earth.


The Greenhouse effect in a jar:

  • This activity will introduce the kids to the greenhouse effect and kids will become familiar with proper understanding of the environment around them and the greenhouse effects.


More Books On Earth day

Sr. No. Book Author
1. I Can Save the Earth! Allison Inches
2. The Lorax Dr. Seuss
3. The Great Kapok Tree Lynne Cherry
4. Recycle! Gail Gibbons
5. Jimmyís Gone Green! Kathy Cane
6. The Green Mother Goose David Davis and Jan Peck
7. Compost Stew Mary McKenna Siddals
8. The Giving Tree Shel Silverstein
9. Letís Celebrate Earth Day Peter and Connie Roop
10. Michael Recycle Ellie Bethel

Earth Day Recipes

Earth Day is the occasion to eat healthy dishes, which are easy on the environment. Some people prefer, to call the food prepared from the Earth Day recipes, environment friendly dishes. Earth Day recipes generally include vegetables and fruits that contain very less pesticide. Many local farmers grow organic food, so buying things from them can be a good choice. You must make it a habit to eat health food all the time, and not just on Earth Day.

There are various types of eco-friendly recipes, which you can come across. Some of the easy recipes are given here:


Mushroom Kebabs

Mushroom Kebabs
Ingredients:
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary
  • 3/4 cup fresh mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Method:

Keep the oven preheated at medium heat; alternately string the mushrooms and peppers on a metal skewer. Mix the rest of the ingredients in a bowl and brush that onto skewered vegetables. Put the skewers on the oiled grill and grill 4 to 6 minutes, turning occasionally, till they are done.



Strawberry Spinach Salad

Strawberry Spinach Salad
Ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon minced onion
  • 1 quart strawberries (sliced)
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 10 ounces fresh spinach (chopped)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce


Method:
In a medium bowl, mix the poppy seeds, Worcestershire sauce olive oil, vinegar, sesame seeds, sugar, paprika, and onion; let it chill for 1 hour. In another bowl, mix the strawberry, spinach and almond. Pour the chilled dressing over it, before serving.



Earth Day Dirt Cups

Earth Day Dirt Cups
Ingredients:
  • 2 cups of cold milk
  • 1 pk instant chocolate pudding
  • 3-1/2 cups frozen whipped topping
  • 16-ounce package chocolate sandwich cookies
  • Gummy worms

Method:

Whip together the milk with pudding, put the mixture aside for a few minutes and then gently fold in whipped topping, and half of the crushed cookies. Put the rest of the cookie crumbs, in the bottom of the cupcake liner in a deep serving bowl. Fill the cupcake liners with the pudding mixture and use the gummy worms to decorate. Chill it before serving.



Fruit and Nut Coleslaw

Fruit and Nut Coleslaw

Ingredients:
  • 1 banana
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sliced celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 8 ounce sliced pineapple
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 cups shredded cabbage
  • 11 ounce mandarin oranges
  • 8 ounce orange flavored yogurt

Method:

Drain the pineapple from the can and keep aside 2 tablespoons juice. Cut the pineapples into thin strips, mix it with the banana and transfer it to a large bowl. In another mid sized bowl, mix the pineapple juice, which has been set aside and the lemon juice. Add celery, cabbage, walnuts, oranges and raisins to the banana and pineapple mixture. Combine the salt and yoghurt and put it to the cabbage mixture; cover it and let it refrigerate, till it is chilled and then serve.


Last Updated: 19th April, 2018