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Earth Day

"I was satisfied that if we could tap into the environmental concerns of the general public and infuse the student anti-war energy into the environmental cause, we could generate a demonstration that would force this issue onto the political agenda. "
—Senator Gaylord Nelson, founder of Earth Day

First Earth Day News Report

We have come a long way since that first Earth Day in 1970. Kids today probably don't even remember a time when we didn't recycle. Bringing your reusable grocery bags with you to the store is not such a different idea anymore. Ask any kindergartner how to help save the Earth and they will most likely have an answer for you. But there is always more that can be done and not just on Earth Day.

  • Go on a nature scavenger hunt around the school (find things like pinecones, feathers, rocks)
  • Take pictures of the things around you that need to be preserved and write about them
  • Write and perform your own songs or poems about conserving the Earth
  • Decorate a reusable tote bag that can be used in place of plastic shopping bags
  • Plant a school garden
  • Have a Bike/Walk to School day
  • Organize a school garage sale to reuse unwanted items
  • Create an art project using recycled items
  • Host a community clean up

In addition to what people do every day to save our earth, a large part of protecting the environment falls on the Environmental Protection Agency. Watch the video on the following website to learn about the EPA and how and why it was formed. www.tpscongress.org/cm-epa/

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