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Earth Day Challenge
Earth Day Challenge
Leslie Gross
Wednesday, April 22, 2020


Earth Day 2020 Challenge  

Physical Challenge:  

Today I would like you to try one of the Earth Day challenges I have attached to this lesson. You do not need to submit them. I just want you to have fun doing them for your own contribution to conservation!!  

My husband works for the Natural Resource Conservation Service. His job is to provide conservation assistance to farmers to help them protect their land. We feel that conservation of our precious land is important for everyone.  

Earth Day History Lesson:  

When is Earth Day?  

Today is Earth Day. April 22, 2020 marks 50 years of celebrating Earth Day.  

What is the theme for Earth Day?  

The theme for Earth Day 2020 is climate action. Climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world habitable.  

What is the history of Earth Day?  

Earth Day was a unified response to an environment in crisis — oil spills, smog, and rivers so polluted they literally caught fire. On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans — 10% of the U.S. population at the time — took to the streets, college campuses and hundreds of cities to protest environmental ignorance and demand a new way forward for our planet. The first Earth Day is credited with launching the modern environmental movement, and is now recognized as the planet’s largest civic event.  

What was the result of the first Earth Day?  

The first Earth Day in 1970 launched a wave of action, including the passage of landmark environmental laws in the United States. The Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts were created in response to the first Earth Day in 1970, as well as the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Many countries soon adopted similar laws. Earth Day continues to hold major international significance: In 2016, the United Nations chose Earth Day as the day when the historic Paris Agreement on climate change was signed into force.  

What can I do for Earth Day 2020?  

The world needs you — and your actions — for Earth Day 2020.

There are many things you can do to help protect and restore our planet. You could plant a garden. You could feed the birds. You could even go on a walk and pick up trash and debris in your neighborhood (like the Abel Popish and his family does in my neighborhood).

 

Earth Day 2020 will be far more than a day. It must be a historic moment when citizens of the world rise up in a united call for the creativity, innovation, ambition, and bravery that we need to meet our climate crisis and seize the enormous opportunities of a zero-carbon future.