Earth Day will be celebrated by millions in the US, Canada, and around the world on Thursday, April
22, 2021 - marking the 51st anniversary of the very first Earth Day celebrated in 1970.
Earth Day 2021
The theme for this year's observance is "Restore Our Earth".
If the last year has taught us anything, the fight against climate change and the spread of deadly diseases worldwide is now at our doorstep, and much sooner than anticipated.
The only way forward? It is the restoration of earth's natural processes and much wider adoption of emerging green technologies.
That means supporting alternative energy projects, ridding the world’s oceans of plastics, protection of wildlife populations. restoring ecosystems and forests, and improving farming practices.
In the age of COVID-19, restoration is not only a practical way to reduce climate change. Restoration brings hope.
Earth Day activity ideas while self-isolating in 2021
Although this year limits how groups can participate in Earth Day 2021, there are several ways to celebrate at home or your backyard using the concepts of "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, RESTORE":
• In the backyard, scope out a good location for a compost pile. Start recycling coffee grounds, egg shells, and scraps of food to decompose and to ultimately enrich your garden for the upcoming growing season.
• For a families who quarantine together, take a weekend morning to scour the neighborhood for discarded plastics, cans, and bottles for a personal cleanup project that will help the entire community. If you live in a coastal area, this is especially important in helping to protect ocean wildlife.
Earth Day 2021 calls for more climate change-conscious decisions by political leaders to reduce
the effects of global warming, as well as
individual cleanups to help the environment.
• Perform a household energy audit. Focus on things like electronic devices like laptops that are left on 24/7 (which accounts for 5-10% of residential energy use per year!) Turn these devices off when not in use and you can save an average $100 on your electric bill annually. Around the house, replace old bulbs with longer-lasting, more energy-efficient ones.
Not ready to take the plunge into solar energy just yet? Look for solar-powered porch or entryway lights you can easily install yourself outside. For even more energy savings, look for motion-sensor solar lights that are only activated when you approach an entryway.
• Enlist the kids to help build a bird feeder for the backyard or patio -- by using a plastic bottle and filling it with bird feed. NOTE: You can also make a nature-made feed bowl out of half an orange peel. Fill it with seed and place on an outdoor table or windowsill.
All about Earth Day
The idea behind the day originated with the early 1960's hippie era. That's when Earth Day bloomed into a grass roots movement that resulted in the first official U.S. observance of Earth Day, celebrated in 1970.
Today, many cities extend Earth Day celebrations for an entire week to increase awareness of recycling and better energy efficient communities.
Just up ahead, discover detailed information about what else happens on the big day - with fun facts, quotes, ideas for student projects, coloring pages, crafts ideas, information and history, as well as environmental events & festivities, celebrations & activities across the US and Canada ...
DID YOU KNOW? Earth Day fun facts
• Exceeding all expectations, 20 million Americans participated in the first Earth Day observance in 1970. Celebrations effectively stopped traffic in New York City when 20,000 people packed Union Square to see Hollywood actor Paul Newman and hear a speech by New York City Mayor John Lindsay, who arrived on an electric bus.
• Today, Earth Day is the largest secular holiday in the world, with more than 500 million people taking part in 174 countries around the world.
• Google has celebrated Earth day with animated doodles on its home page since 2001.
Quotes for Earth Day
""Until a man duplicates a blade of grass, Nature
can laugh at his so-called scientific knowledge." -- Thomas Alva Edison
"We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children." -- Native American Proverb
"What is the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?
-- Henry David Thoreau
"Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them." — Bill Vaughan
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtfully committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." -- Margaret Mead
"Until a man duplicates a blade of grass, Nature can laugh at his so-called scientific knowledge. Remedies from chemicals will never stand in favorable comparison with the products of Nature." -- Thomas Alva Edison
Earth Day Network - The whole earth catalog of regional sites around the globe with the latest news, listings of events, feature stories, online quizzes, factoids, feature stories, teaching resources.
Pals - Kid-friendly community with fun facts, activities, and resources for learning more about planet Earth, recycling & conservation, and lots of links to Earth Day information around the Web.
Earth Day - Wikipedia - A good overview on the history of American environmental concerns, the origins of the celebration
plus links to more on international events.