Delaware Nature Society will be celebrating Earth Day rain or shine on Saturday, April 20th from 11am – 3pm at the DuPont Environmental Education Center located at the Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge. This year’s festival will be full of fun – canoeing and kayaking trips down the Christina River…
…guided nature walks in the marsh, spotting ospreys on their nesting platform, catching fish and aquatic insects…
…live music, story telling, face painting…
…craft demonstrations, the chance to meet green living exhibitors, and more! Come celebrate with us!
So why in the world do we have Earth Day?
Before the Clean Air and Clean Water Act of 1970 and 1972 respectively, pollution in the United States was largely unregulated. After a massive oil spill off the coast of California, Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson raised awareness of air and water pollution.
As a result of Senator Nelson’s work, on April 22, 1970 over 20 million Americans took to the streets to demonstrate their support for a healthy and sustainable environment. This widespread demonstration was the push that the U.S. government needed to take action. It was the first Earth Day!! This national celebration led to a number of different changes in U.S. legislation. In December 1970, a new governmental agency, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), was formed to tackle national environmental issues. In the following few years, Congress passed the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act (1973), which were all ground-breaking pieces of legislation that remain influential today. Earth Day joined a lot of different people together as one united front pursuing a healthy and sustainable environment, and this is something we still celebrate today!
Have you ever walked barefoot on the beach and made footprints in the sand? It’s pretty neat to see that you can leave an impression in the sand even after you’ve walked away. You also leave an impression on the planet called your ecological footprint, which measures the demand you place on the Earth according to your lifestyle. Earth Day brought awareness to us about how the choices we make have an impact on the environment and we want to live in a way that minimizes that impact. Wonder what your ecological footprint is? Google search “ecological footprint calculator” to take a quiz to find out how many planets it takes to support your current lifestyle.
The Delaware Nature Society seeks to reduce their impact and wants to encourage you to do the same by “Living Green, Being Green, and Saving Green!” Here are a few ways you can reduce your ecological footprint:
– Bring your own reusable bags to the supermarket. You and your family can even create your own bags. You can buy plain canvas bags and some puffy paint and decorate them any way you’d like!
– Unplug electrical devices and power strips when not in use.
– Run your dishwasher and clothes washer/dryer only when you have a full load. Full loads use the same amount of hot water and energy and partial loads. Use cold water when you can. It takes a lot of energy to heat that stuff up!
– If you are going to be gone from a room for more than 5 seconds, turn off the lights when you leave, and you will help save the planet. This one is so simple, but many of us forget to do it!
(Interested in some more eco-friendly tips and tricks? Check out previous blog posts ‘Water’ You Going to Do? from March and Have Yourself an Environmentally Friendly Season! from this past December.)
I’m excited to celebrate Earth Day with others who share my passion for taking care of our planet. What would you like to celebrate? What is something you have done to help the Earth? One thing I’ve done is pledge to not drink bottled water; I carry a Nalgene (or two!) with tap water around with me everywhere I go.
I want to hear your answers to these questions too, comment below to share your response. I hope you see you at our Earth Day festival on Saturday!
For more information about the Delaware Nature Society Earth Day Festival, call (302) 656-1490 or visit www.delawarenaturesociety.org