Earth Day is an annual event on April 22 that celebrates the planet Earth and raises public awareness about environmental issues. The day is observed worldwide with rallies, conferences, school projects and other activities.
Sen. Gaylord Nelson started Earth Day in 1970. The event helped increase public support for the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to address environmental issues. Earth Day has since contributed to the passage of many environmental laws in the U.S.
Each year, organizations and individuals engage in Earth Day activities, projects, and campaigns to promote, protect or restore the environment. Earth Day quizzes are one popular activity, and organizations such as NASA, Conservation International and EARTHDAY.ORG have online quizzes for people to test their environmental knowledge. Children in the U.S. and around the world often celebrate by creating Earth Day-themed school projects such as Earth Day crafts and Earth Day drawings.
"There are two simple ways to celebrate Earth Day to make the world a little better," Nathaniel Weston, an associate professor of environmental science at Villanova University in Pennsylvania previously told Live Science. "The first is to promote understanding of important environmental issues so that more people are aware of the critical actions we need to take to protect our environment. The second is to commit yourself to service on or around Earth Day — plant some trees, clean up a stream or help your local community garden."
Join the staff of Our Lady on April 22 to help clean the cemetery gardens, paths and walkways. Individuals are encouraged to use this time to also clean personal plots. The staff will be at the cemetery from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and will hand out small trash bags for collecting debris, broken items, dead plants, etc.