This year, we celebrate the 48th Earth day across the world. In 1969, Senator Gaylord Nelson decided to create an official day to celebrate the Earth and raise awareness of the environmental concerns he had after the devastating oil spill in Santa Barbara that year. The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970. An incredible 20 million people attended celebrations and festivals around the country. It was a national event that was held to demonstrate support for the environment. The stage was set by Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring Book which raised public awareness and a concern for all living organisms. The book was sold in 23 countries and began a worldwide movement. It shared Carson’s compassion for the future of the planet and all living things on it. Since then, Earth Day is recognized every year across the world. At Maid Brigade, we’re proud to keep our earth healthy by using green cleaning products that are safe for the environment.
In 1990, a campaign began which would make Earth Day a worldwide event. This brought the environmental issues to a world stage that included 122 countries and over 200 million people. EarthDay.org states, “Earth Day is the largest secular observance in the world, celebrated by more than a billion people every year, and a day of action that changes human behavior and provokes policy changes.”
Earth Day will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2020. There are ways you can celebrate this special day in your own home.
Here are some things you can do:
- Plant a tree in your backyard
- Check the air pressure in your tires and make sure they are at the right levels for the best gas mileage.
- Donate your clothing instead of throwing them out.
- Try growing your own organic garden. You can start with an organic herb garden.
- Wash your laundry in cold water and dry them on a line.
- Lower the temperature on your hot water heater by 5 degrees.
- Buy energy efficient light bulbs for your house.
- Have an energy audit done in your home. This audit can be free.
- Invest in a reusable coffee cup.
- Use earth-friendly cleaning products.
- Switch your bills to e-bills so you use less paper.
- Check your faucets for leaks.
Be on the lookout for more of our earth-friendly tips this month!
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