Yesterday over 175 countries and 1 billion people observed and celebrated Earth Day 2012. Earth Day is a day to increase awareness and appreciation of the Earth’s natural environment and to reflect on what we as individuals can do to protect and maintain a healthy natural environment.
I do remember well the first US Earth Day in April of 1970. I was a freshman in a small high school in Wisconsin and United States Senator Gaylord Nelson from Wisconsin ( who was previously our Governor) organized and was the principal founder of Earth Day. It was heavily promoted in our state and our entire middle and high school (all of about 200 kids) was required to cover certain areas of the surrounding community and pick up trash for the day along the highways. At that time, there were no fines for people who littered and our roadsides had started to become quite littered with trash thrown out car windows.
It actually was a great deal of fun that day and I think that it was the first time that the students from our community were involved in an effort to join together and make a difference. That first Earth Day is considered by many to be the birth of the modern environmental movement.
Today Kate Gosselin, reality TV star from the TLC show Kate Plus 8, shared some of her tips at Coupon Cabin on what her family does to help protect and keep the environment looking good for future generations.
Here are just a few:
- I reuse used dryer sheets to clean cookware that has food stuck on it. Works like a charm!
- I also rinse and reuse quart and gallon size freezer storage bags.
- I use hand towels often instead of paper towels. (Okay, not always! I just can’t switch over completely!)
- I use daylight instead of electric lights whenever possible.
How about you? What do you do to lead a more environmentally responsible life style? Did you participate in Earth Day when you were in school?