What’s significant about 1970? Well, the last Beatles album was released in 1970 alongside Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970. On April 22, 1970, an idea or mere thought devised by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson to have a day where individuals worldwide come together and appreciate the Earth and pledge to take better care of it became a reality. Earth Day is commonly celebrated on April 22; however, some countries celebrate Earth Day on the first day of Spring, which is sometime around March 21. The initial purpose of Earth Day is to appreciate the Earth and bring awareness to issues worldwide, such as pollution, littering, etc. What can we, as global citizens, do to help preserve our Earth and prevent future issues? For starters, pick up litter or refrain from littering if you’re one of these people, recycle, turn the water off when you’re brushing your teeth, using public transportation, and installing energy-efficient lights amongst other things.
by Maya Abou El Nasr