Apr 21, 2023
Over a billion people worldwide are expected to celebrate Earth Day on April 22, shining a spotlight on the beauty, complexity, and struggles of our planet.
Earth Day started in the US in the 1970s. Now, over 190 countries celebrate it. It has inspired huge efforts to protect the planet. They include the Paris Climate Accords. They were signed by 195 nations on Earth Day in 2016. They also include Earth Day Week 2020 demonstrations and activities. Many believe that was the largest online mass movement of people ever.
People all over will hold events to emphasize the importance of protecting our planet. Here are a few, courtesy of Earthday.org:
Belo Horizonte, Brazil: University students will get together to look for tropical birds and talk about how to protect their homes.
TaoYuan City, Taiwan: Woodworkers will teach a class on how to make recycled wood into tables.
Jabalpur, India: AirAsia India will use special fuels that are better for the environment on their first flight.
Thatcham, England: Volunteers will gather to clean up a children’s park.
Arlington, Virginia: The Friends of the Mount Vernon Trail will build teams of honeysuckle hunters. They will find and remove the non-native plant from the area.
Blenheim, New Zealand: The city will have a Picnic in the Park. It will include live music and food. It will also have a craft market and classes about the environment.
Photo by Noah Buscher courtesy of Unsplash.
"Dear Future Generations: Sorry"
In this powerful video, poet Prince Ea issues an apology to future generations for what we are doing to our planet.
Snack-Sized Science: Plant Your Paper!
In this 30-minute video, students will see a demonstration of how to make plantable seed paper out of shredded junk-mail paper.
Earth Day Activities (3-5)
This group of Earth Day resources for students in grades three to five includes a word wall activity, art activities, writing prompts, and language arts activity worksheets.