Earth Day: How and why you should participate

Trinity Morgan, Plaid Truth Staff

Everyone and everything is affected by the Earth. The health of the earth affects every living thing. We should all be doing our best to put in work to save the Earth.

April 22, 2021, is this year’s Earth Day. Earth Day was founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson. The first earth day was celebrated on April 22, 1970. By the end of 1970, the first earth day had resulted in the founding of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the National Environmental Education Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and the Clean Air Act.

It’s important to help the Earth as much as you can. Not helping the Earth can lead to or cause further damage to things such as ecosystems, global warming, acid rain, air and water pollution, deforestation, and wildfires. Our planet and its atmosphere are vital to our survival because they provide us with food and water. “We should really be taking care of the Earth since it is necessary for our survival,” said junior Summer Meeks. “We all just seem to take advantage of it.” Our survival is entirely dependent on Earth and it is our responsibility to protect it. In some cases, you can get personal benefits such as getting volunteer hours in, which can help you in the future.

“I recycle and clean up when needed,” said junior Emma Gaines. “I also help my neighbors pick up trash in the community.” There are many ways you can help the Earth. To start, you can make sure you recycle and place items in the correct, designated bins. You can also make sure to pick up trash and not litter. You can try to drive less or take more environmentally friendly ways of transportation to help reduce emissions and prevent more pollution. You can also switch to sustainable, clean energy or you can even help your community by volunteering for cleanups in your neighborhood.