Earth Day officially takes place on Monday, April 22 but serves as a year-long reminder to take care of our precious environment.
Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, then a Wisconsin senator, came up with the idea for Earth Day after witnessing a devastating oil spill in Santa Barbara, California in 1969. Public concern about water and air pollution was growing.
On April 22, 1970, nearly 20 million Americans took to the streets to protest the deterioration of the environment and to advocate for a better world. By the end of that year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was created.
2020 will mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. The need to advocate for a clean environment is more important than ever.
Ten Earth Day tips
- Plant a tree through the Adopt-a-Tree program and watch these videos on where to plant, how to plant and how to care for your tree
- Detox your home by removing chemicals that are harmful to you and the environment
- Make water conservation part of your daily life
- Practice curbside recycling and learn what to recycle and what not to recycle
- Become an endangered lands volunteer to help protect and restore natural areas in Miami-Dade County
- Pick up trash from parks, beaches and streets. Keep beach cleanups like Baynanza alive all year long
- Save trees and switch to online billing instead of paper
- Remove invasive plants from your yard and replace them with native plants and trees. Attend a free native landscaping workshop
- Ditch your car and ride transit
- Learn to use a rain barrel and compost garbage at home
If we all do our part, we will make a difference.View more Green Tips