When is Earth Day 2024? Why we celebrate the planet on this holiday


Why we recognize Earth Day and how we can celebrate the holiday

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Earth Day: 5 facts on evolution of pollution awareness

Discover how Earth Day evolved from an awareness campaign aimed at college students to a worldwide movement.

People and businesses across Texas are celebrating Earth Day, advocating for sustainable practices to protect their beloved planet.

When is Earth Day?

Earth Day falls on April 22 each year but is not a federally recognized holiday, according to USA TODAY.

Why do we celebrate Earth Day?

Many attribute the rise of the modern environmentalism movement in the US to Rachel Carson’s 1962 book “Silent Spring,” which shed light on the detrimental effects of the DDT insecticide on wildlife, the environment and human health.

Just a few years later, in 1969, the Environmental Action for Survival Committee at the University of Michigan began selling buttons with the slogan “Give Earth a Chance,” inspired by the popular chant from protests against the Vietnam War (“give peace a chance “). According to the Library of Congress, Senator Gaylord Nelson was a key advocate for Earth Day, urging students to champion environmental causes with the same fervor they exhibited in opposing the Vietnam War, as noted by the library.

More: For Earth Day 2024, experts are spreading optimism – not doom. Here’s why.

What year was the first Earth Day?

By the following spring, the nation celebrated its inaugural Earth Day in 1970, with tens of thousands of citizens marching in the nation’s capital in support of a cleaner planet. According to the Library of Congress, 20 million people nationwide attended events held on university and college campuses and other public areas.

Subsequently, in July of 1970, the Environmental Protection Agency was established in response to public demands for cleaner water, air, and land, as the country faced increasing disasters attributable to climate change and pollution.

How to celebrate Earth Day

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Earth Day 2024: How to celebrate Earth Day

Celebrate Earth Day with these sustainability tips.

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There are numerous ways to celebrate Earth Day. Communities across the state are recognizing the holiday through various sustainability initiatives.

This year’s theme, “Planet vs. Plastic,” urges individuals to minimize their plastic consumption. In recognition of this call to action, several groups and committees are also partnering to clean up plastic litter from roadsides, beaches, lakes and rivers.

Other ways to celebrate the holiday include:

  • Planting trees, which also aligns with the upcoming Arbor Day on April 26
  • Growing native plants
  • Spending time outdoors
  • Visiting state parks and national parks (all national parks are free through April 26)

More: Here’s your guide to Texas’ top 10 state parks to visit this Earth Day weekend

More: HEB gives out 265,000 free reusable bags for Earth Day 2024. Here’s how to get one.

 
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