Drink in Earth Day
The history of environmental awareness day points to the future
April 22, 1970, marked the very first Earth Day. Over 20 million people took part in rallies, cleanups, teach-ins and other activities across America, and it’s commonly considered to mark the dawn of environmental consciousness in North America. This day of action for the environment went global in 1990. Since then, it’s become an annual event held to raise awareness about the preciousness of our natural resources, and take action against over-consumption, pollution and climate change.
This year’s Earth Day will be celebrated by close to a billion participants in countries around the globe. In fact, says the Earth Day Network, “Earth Day is the only event celebrated simultaneously around the globe by people of all backgrounds, faiths and nationalities.” In the U.S., millions of people will mark the day by participating in rallies, as well as tree planting projects; cleanups of parks, schoolyards, rivers, shores and roadsides; pond restoration projects; community garden initiatives and more.
Today we are more environmentally aware than ever, but there is still a long way to go before we can live a truly sustainable and environmentally sensitive way of life.
Do your part by practicing the 3 ‘R’S:
- Reducing (cutting your consumption)
- Reusing (getting more life out of the things you already own)
- Recycling (disposing of things responsibly so the resources can be used again rather than sent to a landfill).
Also, bike, walk or run to an Earth Day activity. To learn what’s happening in your community, click on Earth Day Network’s international listing of events.
SAVE THE WATER!
One of the simplest yet most effective ways to reduce the amount of waste your household generates is to buy less bottled water. Americans consume more bottled water than any other country in the world, at 26 billion liters per year (2004 figures from the respected environmental organization Earth Policy Institute). Yet according to the Container Recycling Institute, an estimated 86% of plastic water bottles go unrecycled every year in America alone.
Cut the litter, and save your money by toting a Rubbermaid beverage bottle and filling it up from taps and water coolers during the day. Good hydration improves health and wellness, and water is your best option. Available in great new designs with user-friendly features like different lids to suit different sipping styles, there’s a water bottle or personal water jug for everyone in your family.