Earth Day Facts and Activities

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Today is earth Day! In fact, 2014 is 44 years that we are celebrating the modern movement of environmental protection.  I thought I‘d put together some fun Earth Day Facts and Activities to help celebrate the national holiday.

Earth Day Facts

  • On the first Earth Day in 1970, more than 20 million people participated!
  • Congress authorized the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency by the end of that year.
  • Although Earth Day originated in the United States, it went global in 1990 and by 2000, more than 180 countries participated.
  • Some schools and communities celebrate Earth Day for a whole week to expand the time frame that people focus on the earth and how they can preserve it.

Earth Day Activities

  • Gardening- Plant trees, herbs, or wild flowers with the family. Here is How to Make a Wine Cork Garden. You can also make Recycled Plastic Bottle Planter Pots
  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – Be sure to teach your kids everyday about recycling glass, paper, and plastic. Don’t forget to take your reusable bags to the grocery store!
  • Get Crafty- Upcycled old things into something new! Here are some creative ideas:

o   Water Colored Book Page Flowers

o   How to Make a Recycled Magazine Frame

o   Recycled Book Folding Art Piece

  • Clean up! Clean up! – Teach children about littering, walk around a park, beach, or neighborhood and clear it of litter.
  • Get Educated- Take the kids to the local library and learn about recycling, climate change, pollution, or endangered species.

How will you celebrate Earth Day?

About the author

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Dinah has a Master of Arts Degree in Speech Communication from California State University Fullerton. She is a Curator for Style Me Pretty Living, a Blogger at Earth911 and GMC Trade Secrets, and a member of Martha’s Circle. Her website, DIY Inspired has been recognized by Mashable, Parenting.com, and Circle of Moms as a Most Creative Blog. Dinah was featured on Linqia’s Community Spotlight, as an influential community leader.