By Ashley Zagorski
A day specified to celebrate the environment. April 22 has been coined as “Earth Day” since 1970. Promoting the ideas of ecology, respecting earth and showing concern over pollution of the soil, air and water, Earth Day is now commemorated through outdoor performances, exhibits, street fairs, and tv programs based solely on environmental issues.
To junior Chance Wonder, Earth Day is a way to, “Contribute to a healthy earth so our future generations will have a clean and healthy place to live.” Starting in elementary school, students learn to appreciate nature and learn ways to protect our environment. Between ‘earthly’ quizzes and planting trees, children are educated about our “Mother Earth” and how to care for it.
Senior Kenzie Schmitt says, “Earth day means a lot to me because it's all we have to nourish us, cultivate us, & sustain us. Without earth we wouldn't survive.” To keep the earth safe, many acts and laws have been put into place including the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act. These and many more help to sustain a clean, healthy environment.
“It's super important that we take time all year to take care of our Earth. Earth Day is a great way to spread the message to people that we all need to reduce the damage we've been causing our planet for so long because we only have one” sophomore Kelsey Horn says about the importance of Earth Day. Many things make an impact on the destruction of the earth. A big factor is the littering we as humans do everyday and the landfills being filled by our garbage daily.
Fostering the idea of saving the earth is the ideology of Earth Day. Plant a tree, pick up the garbage on the side of the road; stand outside and breathe in the air that we are given everyday and remember there is only one earth, and it’s our job as its inhabitants to keep it clean and to protect it.
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