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Over the years, there have been many concerns about the chemicals and harmful environmental actions contributing to the worsening of our planet's health.

That's why 50 years ago, Earth Day was formed. A day of respect and a day of peace for our planet, Earth Day is a holiday meant to celebrate Earth and to raise awareness of the effects our actions have on this beautiful planet.


How Earth Day Was Formed

Leading up to the formation of Earth Day, worries about toxic chemicals in the environment made news headlines after the 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. This disastrous event resulted in three million gallons of oil spilled into the ocean, killing thousands of sea animals and contaminating our oceans. People became angry and college students across the United States joined a national movement to protect the environment.

A year later in 1970, like-minded US senators partnered with United States activists to form Earth Day to be celebrated on April 22nd of every year, recognized by the United Nations and celebrated across the globe.


How You Can Do Your Part

This year, Earth Day activism may be a bit halted. Those who used to go out and participate in local events or beach clean-ups may be forced to stay at home due to COVID-19. But there are a few ways you can support Earth Day, not only on April 22nd but every day of the year. And they don't take much effort, either.

Don't litter. This one may seem obvious, but it needs to be said. If you're outdoors, whether in your yard or in a park, don't litter. Don't throw your chewed gum on the ground and don't throw food on the ground. Even if you think what you're throwing is natural or biodegradable, it could harm wildlife, and make the guy who steps in it very angry.

Recycle. Recycling is now easier than ever before. In many towns, sanitation workers will collect recyclables from your recycling bin at the curb on a weekly basis, as they do your regular garbage. When you're done with plastic or glass or paper, place it in a special bin, and then check your local town information for when sanitation workers collect recyclables in your area. It's as easy as that. If you live in an apartment, there are likely many options for where and when you can responsibly dispose of recyclable material.

Don't use toxic chemicals. There are now so many alternative options to using toxic chemicals in the home and garden that it's almost difficult not to use natural and safe ingredients. Here are some examples:

-Instead of using weed killers with harmful glyphosate, use a weed killer made from all-natural ingredients, like a vinegar weed killer, which kills weeds without leaving behind a toxic footprint.

-Instead of using chemicals that corrode pipes and leak dangerous chemicals into your soil for drain openers, use a drain opener made from biodegradable, non-corrosive ingredients that won't contaminate your grass, soil, or drinking water.

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