Earth Day 2019 was this past Monday, April 22. What did you do for Earth Day?
A couple of weeks ago, we posted about Earth Day and asked what your plans were, if any, for 2019’s special day. We discussed some cool ways you could get involved with your students, whether it was going on a nature walk or planting a tree, all pulled directly from the U.S. E.P.A. website.
This year, the theme of Earth Day was endangered species protection. “Nature’s gifts to our planet are the millions of species that we know and love, and many more that remain to be discovered,” wrote the Earth Day Network. “Unfortunately, human beings have irrevocably upset the balance of nature and, as a result, the world is facing the greatest rate of extinction since we lost the dinosaurs more than 60 million years ago. But unlike the fate of the dinosaurs, the rapid extinction of species in our world today is the result of human activity.”
An estimated 1 billion people across the world take part in global Earth Day awareness, according to the Earth Day Network. Some of these awareness events took place right in Fit and Fun Playscapes’ backyard. In New York City, for instance, the Earth Day Initiative hosted a high-energy, bustling Earth Day Fair in Union Square where dozens of exhibitors showed off green-themed products and items. Some of the exhibitors were businesses, others non-profits. Fit and Fun, alas, was not there.
The site will also host an art installation where artists can stop by and create works of art in preparation for Earth Day 50, Earth Day’s 50th anniversary, which takes place next year. There will also be an action center, which will, according to the Earth Day Initiative, “empower attendees to take simple actions to make a positive impact on the environment and allow attendees to share their own sustainability stories of environmental solutions they see or want to in their own lives and communities.”
The countdown to Earth Day 2020, or Earth Day 50, starts now. We’re 363 days away, which might seem like a long time, but the old proverb is right: time flies. Start preparing now for next year; it’s going to be a big one.
You can, for example, speak with your principal about setting up a school-wide Earth Day celebration next year about organizing a local trash clean-up, where your students spend a day making your school grounds look spotless. You can also set up plans to create a school or community garden, full of plants and flowers and trees. Those things take time to plan…start early and don’t fall behind!
Did you participate in Earth Day 2019? Do you have plans for Earth Day 2020? Let us know!