Earth Day! Save The Environment! Help our Earth!

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A flower from the community garden at Human Resources.

A flower from the community garden at Human Resources.

A flower from the community garden at Human Resources.

On April 22 each year our Earth is celebrated nationally. Earth Day is when everyone can come together in hopes of making our Earth a healthier and cleaner place to live.

A view of East Beach.

Earth Day was first created in 1970, a year after a massive oil spill in California. Since the oil spill was so devastating, a group of 85 members formed to teach the public about the environment. On April 22, 1970 those 85 members inspired 20 million people to rally in support of our Earth.The first Earth Day created many environmental acts such as, the Clean Air Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Water Quality Improvement Act and many more. Since then, Earth Day has been celebrated yearly.

Earth Day is important for many reasons. One big reason is to teach the world about how vital it is to keep our earth and everything on it healthy. If we don’t start to take care of our planet and the species on it, they could all start to disappear, making some species go extinct.

Since Earth Day began, according to the Residential Energy Services Network, sulphur dioxide emissions have decreased 40% and acid rain has decreased 65%. Sulphur dioxide is a chemical that can be found in bleaching and fumigating and is also a large air pollutant. Acid rain is rain caused by pollution with high acidity.

Environmental Science teacher, Mrs. Whitman shares how her class is contributing to saving the environment: “The students are joining with the beautification committee of Stonington and the Garden Club to plant three new trees in honor of Earth Day in the court yard to replace the ginkgo trees that have died.”

She also shared what she will be doing to participate in Earth Day: “The thing I’m personally doing with Mrs. Ellis is going to Providence for the March for Science tomorrow, and that will be a series of speakers in support of science and recognition and awareness and acknowledgement of climate change.”

When asked why Earth Day is so important, Mrs. Whitman explained, “I think that having the opportunity to use a big event to create more awareness with kids is really important, and to me that’s the goal of Environmental Science and teaching Environmental Science. It’s to create a bigger awareness of how each student fits in with care of the environment.” To help the environment, Mrs.Whitman shares that she “teaches students how to build their own gardens. I feel like I’m contributing to earth stewardship. I have gardens at home, I try to be careful with using resources like water, and I try to watch the things I do that would be contributing to CO2 levels.”

A view of the ocean at Napatree.

Some Earth Day events coming up that you can participate in are the DNA Earth Day Clean-up Project in Providence, Family Earth Day at the Library in Mystic, and the Earth Day Drum Circle in Mystic. Also, the Mystic Aquarium will be hosting multiple events this weekend such as the annual Party for the Planet and Earth Day Boat Building on April 22, which has activities like scavenger hunts,educational games, and crafts. They will be hosting a beach clean-up as well on April 23.

Here’s what you can do to help save the environment:

  • Pay attention to the amount of water you use.
  • Try drinking tap water instead of bottled water.
  • Try carpooling or walking or riding your bike.
  • Start composting.
  • Try not using  as much energy at home.
  • Turn off your lights and unplug your electronics when they aren’t in use.
  • Recycle.
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