By Mary Scanlon

Today is Earth Day!

Celebrate by getting engaged,  Earth Day is a good time to make a commitment to learning more about the environment and how you can help to protect it AND Remember that every day is Earth Day.!!!!!  Anything to help our environment is a perfect thing to do on Earth Day and every day.

Here are some fun facts about Earth Day!

~ The first ever Earth Day happened in 1970 and about 20 million people participated. Today, more than one billion people throughout the world get involved every year, and it’s considered the largest civic observance in the world.

~ It was started by a Senator from Wisconsin named Gaylord Nelson, who eventually won the Presidential Medal of Freedom award in 1995 in recognition of his work.

~ The most common way people celebrate Earth Day is by recycling, followed by planting a tree or cleaning up a local park.

~ Nobody really knows why it’s held on April 22nd. There are gueses though that it was chosen so that more students would be able to participate, because it fell right inbetween spring break and final exams, and because it’s close to Arbor Day, which is about planting and taking care of trees.

~ It has its own flag that features a blue background and a picture of the Earth taken from the Apollo 17 spacecraft on its way to the Moon.

Click HERE for all 10 things you might not know about Earth Day!


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