Friday, April 22, 2016

Earth Day 2016

           “Over the next five years, as Earth Day moves closer to its 50th anniversary, we’re calling on you to help us achieve one of our most ambitious goals yet —we’re planting 7.8 billion trees and we’re starting now.
            Trees will be the first of five major goals we are undertaking in honor of the five-year countdown to our 50th anniversary. On their own and together, these initiatives will make a significant and measurable impact on the Earth and will serve as the foundation of a cleaner, healthier and more sustainable planet for all.”

Earth day is April 22, 2016. Earth Day is the anniversary of the modern environmental movement of 1970.  The idea of Earth day was created by Gaylord Nelson in 1969 after the Santa Barbara, California oil spill and inspired by the student movements of the times. People were becoming more aware of water, air and other types of pollution. Nelson believed if he fueled the emerging environmental rage, the government would start to recognize neglect of the Earth a more serious matter. It was decided that there should be a day to recognize the Earth, the pollution, and to teach people about the environment. April 22, 1970 became the ‘set day’ because it generally happened to fall between spring break and final exams. On this day 20 million people went to seminars and had meetings in parks and other places to demonstrate how to maintain a healthy environment.
As the 50-year anniversary approaches on in the year 2020, an aspiring goal has set the bar very high for humanity and Mother Earth. The objective is to have 7.8 billion, Yes! 7.8 billion trees planted. No one person can do this alone. However, if every person plants at least one or two trees, we will well surpass our goal. I will plant one tree and tell a friend. A friend will plant one tree and tell another friend, causing a chain reaction. 7.4 billion People plus live on this planet. It is our job to take action to save the earth. This would also be a fun class or school project. Students could take field trips to parks or a fundraiser could be conducted to pay for a larger growing area on school grounds.
            Several individuals might ask why this is a reasonable plan, but they might not be taking into consideration how much of the air that we breathe could be shortening the life expectancy of each generation, or how much of the water we drink could be contaminated with chemicals that will circulate in our bloodstream for years. Yes, this isn’t a solution to these problems, but we all have to start someplace to improve our environment. Eventually, taking care of the Earth will become a habit. Planting trees isn’t the only way to celebrate earth day. You could pick up litter you see in the street, or even start at home by conserving water and electricity or even to produce something better from recycled items, which would otherwise go to the trash.

            Earth day is all about taking care of the planet we live on. If we don’t who will? If we take care of the earth, we could prevent global warming from getting worse or even stop it, we could lower the cost of environmental expenses too! So let’s take care of the earth or else it will expire way before time.

Written by: Grace Okoro
Eight Grade/Spanish Student

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