Earth Day is a worldwide, annual celebration of the natural beauty and wonders of our planet. It was first proposed by peace activist John McConnell at the UNESCO [United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization] conference in 1968, and the first official celebration was held on March 21, 1970.
A month later, US Senator Gaylord Nelson founded the Earth Day that we have come to celebrate each April 22nd. Nelson designated this day as a "teach-in" day since most US schools were not on Spring Break at the time. His aim was for this to be a day when schools and communities across the nation could come together and learn more about our environment and our impact on it, while banding together to clean up our neighborhoods and make a difference.
Columbus is home to many Earth Day celebrations dedicated to bettering our communities through volunteer efforts, and learning more about protecting our planet and its resources through ethical and sustainable practices. By getting children involved in environmentalism at an early age, we are ensuring a better future for our planet and the generations to come. Environmentally-friendly projects encourage students to be more mindful in their daily lives and can foster the creativity needed to innovate new solutions to our environmental concerns.
If YOU care a whole awful lot, then why not volunteer some of your time to help build a garden at a local school, or make new friends while recycling litter? Do you have an even better idea of a fun community service project?! You can post it here to gain support!