Earth Day: What can YOU do?

This April 22nd, get involved and help the future of the planet out.


Noah Ostrowski, Staff Writer

Earth Day: arguably one of the least talked about holidays we have, yet, one of the most important. 

First held on April 22nd, 1970, at various locations like Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles and countless other cities, it was originally introduced by John McConnell, a peace activist, at a UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) meeting. United States Senator Gaylord Nelson proposed to honor this day by having a nationwide teach in for the environment [1]. Nelson hired an activist by the name of Denis Hayes to be the national coordinator for this event. The idea would soon transform to include the whole country, not just students. 

That day, April 22nd 1970, over 20 million people took part [2]. It was the largest one-day form of a protest in history. People would protest for environmental protections, in addition to recycling, planting trees, and more. It truly was an amazing day where people came together under one cause for the betterment of the whole world. Since then Earth Day has been celebrated yearly.  

The largest organization set on helping the environment for this occasion is known as They are the world’s largest recruiter, set in over 192 countries. You can fill out petitions here on their website [3].

Or if that’s not your forte you can sign up for one of their events. You may help set up events, clean up, educate others, or take part in protests. The options are countless. 

Perhaps you are looking for something more local though. In that case check out the “Town-Wide Earth Day Cleanup” set on April 2nd, from 8am to 1 pm, organized by the Sutton Preservationist 4H Club. All you have to do is scan a QR code letting the group know where you are cleaning, so as to allow for more members to come and help areas that need attention. Then fill up some trash bags with litter and drop them off at three separate locations. 

Help them reach their goal of filling 100 trash bags of litter! For more information go to the Sutton High School homepage [4] or email [email protected] with any questions. 

However, maybe you are a bit of an introvert or are short on time. There are still many different things you can do; many of which are very straightforward and can be done without an organization. From recycling old cans or bottles, to making bee houses, there is no shortage of ways to help the earth out. Even turning off your tv and going outside for 10 minutes can have effects in the long run. 

This Earth Day, do us all a favor–get involved. After all, this is our planet on which we all live. Make the right choice this April 22nd; don’t let the Lorax down.