Earth Day 2020: Climate Action against Climate Change

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Erin Gurtner '23, Staff Writer

Earth Day is coming up! This year it will be on April 22.  If you do not know much about Earth Day, it is an annual celebration in support of environmental protection. It also celebrates the beauty of our Earth. Many people go around their neighborhoods on this day and clean up trash that is laying on the side of the road or do other environmentally friendly activities. More than 193 countries celebrate this day by cleaning up the Earth. Most countries celebrate Earth Week, as well. Each year there is a different theme for Earth Day. This year’s theme is Climate Action which supports the challenges of climate change for future generations.

A fun fact is that Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970, so this year marks the 50th anniversary. The first Earth Day is known for creating the modern environmental movement, and is now recognized as the planet’s largest civic event. On April 22, 1970, 10% of the United States population protested environmental ignorance. After this big protest, many laws and acts were put into effect such as the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was also created after the first Earth Day movement.

Disneynature creates movies every year spotlighting a different animal and their environment. They did not create a new movie this year, but they are spotlighting the 2018 movie, Dolphin Reef. Disney is slowly introducing the Disneynature movies on Disney+, so if you have a subscription you may want to watch past movies and keep an eye out for future ones. The movies are released each year on Earth Day, and the money made from ticket sales of the movies are sent to charities related to the topic of the movie. 

There are many things you can do this year to help with Earth Day. A simple and effective thing to do is to go outside in your neighborhood and pick up trash along the side of the road. You could also be a part of a climate movement, which is this year’s theme. You can use less energy to save the climate by making sure you turn off lights when you leave a room and not leaving cords plugged into outlets when they are not in use. You can also help the environment by not polluting the air with your car, but walking to your destination instead. Even the smallest acts can make a big difference.