[r85] Pond Report: Don't forget about Earth Day! (4/12/2012)

Thursday, April 12, 2012 7:00 pm

Start Date:  4/12/2012  Start Time:  12:00 AM
End Date:  4/12/2012    

Earth Day is unfortunately a day that is often forgot about. This year I am sending out a reminder, to raise awareness regarding Earth Day on April 22.

Have you ever wondered when Earth Day came about? According to earthdayindiana.org, in 1970, U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson from Wisconsin organized the first Earth Day to bring national attention to conservation issues.

Through the 1970s, Indiana's Earth Day celebrations were held primarily at colleges. But in the late 1980s, a particularly hot summer produced serious air pollution problems, record-setting heat waves and drought with devastating fires.  Soon, the nation's agricultural belt began to take a greater interest in environmental concerns.

By the 20th anniversary of Earth Day in 1990, interest in environmental issues had spread across the globe. In Indiana, volunteers organized a 20th anniversary Earth Day celebration in downtown Indianapolis. A short time later, they formed a member-based, nonprofit organization to continue the event on the state level each year.

I found this information to be very interesting because most people do not know the reasoning behind Earth Day. The issues that Earth Day promotes are becoming more and more relevant and a big emphasis lately has been placed on environmental awareness and finding ways to protect our planet.

There are countless ways to play your part. Next time you go to the grocery store, consider bringing your own reusable bags. You could plant a garden, use energy efficient light bulbs or start recycling. All of these are small, easy options that will make a big difference for our environment and right here in our community.

Recently, I offered free tree saplings and was surprised at how quickly everyone responded! Planting trees is great way to help the environment and also something you could do to participate in Earth Day.

All 100 of the tree saplings were distributed. Some people said they plan on donating the trees to schools, local facilities and planting them in their own yards. Trees play a big part in improving our environment, so thank you all for participating in this and helping improve not only our community but our planet!

Whether you have remembered this day or never once thought of it, this year try to do something special for Earth Day. It is a fun day to participate in and it is recognized all over the world. I hope this year you can join in and find ways, big or small, to make a difference.