Today, we’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day which was precipitated by a 1969 oil spill in California. Deeply troubled by this event, Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson recruited grassroots organizers to help launch the first Earth Day in 1970 to educate the public about the importance of our environment and the need to protect it.

Today, we encourage you to take meaningful steps to make a difference. Here’s a few ideas:

  • Plant a garden or a tree – What’s more sustainable than growing your own food? Many local garden centers are offering no-contact pickup and deliveries during this time.
  • Rethink how you use food scraps – It may be easy to throw away leftovers, but it’s healthier to reuse them. Did you know crushed eggshells can nourish your garden? Composting is another way to turn kitchen scraps into nutrient-rich soil for your plants.
  • Take a walk outside – Despite the pandemic, we can still connect with nature while still maintaining social distancing. Doing so is not only healthy, it is a reminder of how valuable the environment is.
  • Go on a virtual field trip – Not all of us may be able to get outside for a long walk, but thanks to technology, we can travel to zoos, aquariums, national parks, and museums across the world that will reinforce the need for all of us to take action in preserving and protecting our environment. We Are Teachers has assembled a great list of possibilities for you and your family.

May we use today as a springboard to enact positive change in our lives that help preserve and protect the world we live in.

To learn about Cleangreen’s commitment to the environment, click this link.