What is Earth Day All About?

Apr 20, 2022

Waste Connections celebrates Earth Day all over North America annually.

Each year, more than 193 countries around the world observe Earth Day. The day typically involves activities such as tree planting, beach cleanups, and recycling drives.

Earth Day 2022 is on April 22, and this year’s theme is “Restore Our Earth.”

How did Earth Day Get Started?

Earth Day came about in 1970 as a way to raise awareness about environmental issues. 20 million Americans participated in that first celebration by either attending events or volunteering for cleanups.

The idea came from Gaylord Nelson, a United States Senator from Wisconsin. Inspiration struck him shortly after his visit to the site of the massive Santa Barbara oil spill. In his words: “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 the issue onto the national political agenda.”

In many ways, he was right. Here we are, over 50 years later, still acknowledging Earth Day every year.

Why is Earth Day Important?

The importance of celebrating Earth Day lies in its ability to bring people together to care for our planet. When we come together and take action, we can make a real difference in the world. Historically, this is especially true in the waste and recycling field.

Taking action on climate change, for example, is a huge challenge that requires the participation of all the major resources management industries. And since waste and recycling is a key phase in our resources’ lifecycles, companies like Waste Connections are dedicated to conservation and sustainability efforts.

How can You Celebrate Earth Day this Year?

If you want to celebrate this year, there are many ways you can do your part to help restore our Earth. You can attend local events, volunteer for cleanups, or take steps to reduce your own waste output. (Recycling, for example, it a great way to show the planet some love!)

If you’re looking for ideas on how to celebrate Earth Day, check out this list of what some of our local sites have done for their communities:

  • Penn Waste (York, Pennsylvania) conducted a reading of a recycling book for kids via Facebook Live last year.
  • Bitterroot Disposal (Ravalli County, Montana) hosts an Earth Day cookout at their recycling facility, complete with food, tours, and games set up for all the kids in attendance.
  • Alaska Waste (Anchorage, Alaska) is manning a kiosk at a local shopping mall this year and hosting some swag giveaways.
  • EL Harvey (Westborough, Massachusetts) hosts an outdoor “carnival” for local kids every year, jam packed with lots of recycling info and education.

No matter how you choose to celebrate, the impact you can make by getting involved in Earth Day is huge. Every little bit helps when it comes to caring for our planet.

And the history of Earth Day reminds us that when we work together, we can make a real difference in the world. This year, get involved in Earth Day celebrations and make an impact for future generations.

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