April 22 is Earth Day. Earth Day is an opportunity for individuals, corporations and governments to join together and help create a greener environment. Issues have changed in the more than 40 years since Earth Day began (from clean air and clean water to global warming and clean energy), but the emphasis of Earth Day has remained the same. Everyone is still working together to protect the natural environment for humankind and other species.
Earth Day began in the United States and it has spread around the globe. (See more on the history of Earth Day here.) An estimated 200 million people in almost 150 countries will participate this year. Many people already follow every day green living tips, so here are some ideas for celebrating Earth Day on April 22.
• Go for a walk alone or with friends and pick up garbage around the neighborhood to keep it green.
• Notice the local park could use some sprucing up? Organize or take part in a park clean-up project.
• Organize a community-wide recycling drive and collect all types of paper, plastic and glass from your neighbors.
• Be car-free for a day if you can. Try walking or biking to school or work. You’re helping the environment and being healthy!
• Take the day to start spring cleaning and donate games, clothes, books, movies and other items to your local Goodwill or Salvation Army.
• Many towns host an Earth Day 5K run/walk. Get sponsors to help you support an earthy cause.
• Try out your green thumb and grow something. Plant a seed, flower or tree in a pot, garden or backyard.
• If you don’t usually eat organic, try cooking a special Earth Day dinner using organic foods. Organic Authority offers hundreds of recipes.
• Head to the store and buy eco-friendly compact fluorescent light bulbs, halogen light bulbs and LED’s.
• Send Earth Day cards using recycled materials and help spread the word.
• Update your Facebook, Twitter or other social networking sites and spread the word about Earth Day.
• Watch an Earth Day movie. See a list of the top 10 Earth Day movies here.
To find local Earth Day events, check out the Environmental Protection Agency’s website. The EPA also provides projects, resources and toolkits to help you live your commitment to the Earth.
Here are what our Delta Zeta members are doing today and every day!
- These Delta Zeta chapters are doing great things in the world of green
- Omicron Nu's (University of Windsor) Cynthia Loewen has a passion for the environment as Miss Earth Ontario
- Jill Meyer DeStefano, California State/Long Beach - Delta Alpha, environmental advocate
- Our time is now: Building the future ... with timeless values - Rachel Preston Prinz, North Texas - Kappa Zeta
- Delta Zetas in the world of green
- Earth Day Every Day on the Job - Sandra Annette Rogers, Alabama - Alpha Gamma