Earth Day 2020

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Earth Day is an annually celebrated event on April 22, observed by over 193 different countries. It was first celebrated in 1970, marking today the 50th anniversary. The founder of Earth day is Gaylord Nelson, a former U.S. Senator from Wisconsin. After witnessing an oil spill in Santa Barbara, California in 1969, he founded Earth Day to advocate for the protection of our environment and the wildlife it holds.

Normally, gatherings around the world sponsored by several different organizations are held in order to educate people, celebrate, admire, and protest for our planet. Cities from New York, to London, Lanjaron, Tokyo, Johannesburg, and many more hold these events. You can learn about these events here. Austin holds one of the largest events, and in fact, is named the most eco-friendly city in the United States. However, with the COVID-19 pandemic, these events have been postponed.  So, how can we still celebrate Earth Day? 

Although we’re all staying at home for Earth Day, you can still celebrate Earth Day! You can start a compost, reuse old clothing you no longer wear, turn off the lights when it’s not necessary, and so much more. Earth Day is a great day to begin to switch to a greener lifestyle, and make these actions a part of your daily life. Happy Earth Day!