On Thursday, April 22 people around the country are going to go out and get in touch with their nature side. Many people go out the whole day to try to give back to their home, Earth.
The first Earth Day ever held in the U.S. was in April 22, 1970. Senator Gaylord Nelson started the day of recognition for earth. Nelson was worried that a country like the U.S. was too careless about the environment.
“For several years, it had been troubling me that the state of our environment was simply a non-issue in the politics of the country,” wrote Nelson in an article at earthday.envirolink.org.
More than 20 million Americans celebrated the first earth day. Schools and universities around the nation joined in and students learned on how to cut down on pollution.
Forty years later, Earth Day is still being celebrated. Students at Salt Lake Community College campus are taking action on April 22. They are going to join in the earth recognition by working on a SLCC’s community garden, located between the Construction building and Admin building from Noon till 2:00 p.m. at the Taylorsville Redwood Campus.
Also at the Taylorville Redwood Campus, will be the xeriscaping at the west side of the SI building from 10:00 a.m. to noon.
Student can relax as they watch the movie Fresh in the Lair from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
At South City Campus, students can pledge ride a bike or take UTA from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. There will be food and a free drawing for bike and ski rentals.
“”This is a very nice thing to do because we are showing we care about the earth and we want to preserve it as much as we can,”” said Elizabeth Taylor, SLCC student.
Taylor has been trying to give back to earth, so she gathers her friends and family members to go out and clean the parks and grow their own food in their back yard; not only by that but by using one car or taking the bus or just taking her bike to school.
“”Yeah I take my bike to school and not only am I helping out earth but also myself because that is great exercise,”” said Talyor
Cynthia Donnellson another SLCC student thinks that earth day should not only be on April 22 but every single day.
“”It is great that some people come out on earth day to give a little part of their time but then it passes over and then they go back to their littering ways,”” said Donnellson.
Earth day is on April 22 and over 175 countries are going to come out and have activities to honor and spread the message of how to keep the environment clean and ways people could help out for more information go to www.earthday.org.