Today is Earth Day
By Katherine Miller
CROWLEY – In 1962, Gaylord Nelson founded the idea of Earth Day because he felt that the issue could no longer be ignored among today’s politicians. He had a dream that we should put the environmental idea into the “limelight” before them. Eight years later, in April of 1970, the day was made official.
Twenty years later, in the year 1990, the first International Earth Day was celebrated by about 200 million people from over 100 nations.
Traditionally, people celebrate Earth Day with the ringing of bells, which are called bells of peace. A few other stressed ideas people practice, not only on Earth Day, but every day that they possibly can. For instance, riding a bike instead of driving, planting a tree, not littering, and even picking up litter on the sidewalks, streets, and riverbanks. Creating a compost pile for food scraps and waste from the garden. This action helps to reduce the amount of trash in landfills, in addition to creating rich soil for your garden. Recycling is another way to keep the environment clean, as it saves resources that we will need in the future to survive.
Throughout Acadiana, people are encouraged to help out in any way they can to make a difference in our environment. Ms. Guidry’s class of North Crowley Elementary will be celebrating Earth day in a special way this year. She said that her class will be viewing a video, doing a reading comprehension test and color sheet, along with a few other activities that she has planned.
Also, the students at Ross Elementary will be planting a tree to honor Earth Day.
There are a few ways that we as consumers can help to reduce energy use in our homes These ideas are good for the environment, as well as for your pocketbook.
Installing a programmable thermostat, sealing large air leaks in your home, insulating your water heater, adding insulation in your attic, sealing and insulating your HVAC ducts, and installing efficient shower-head, will save about 6,850 pounds of CO2, and about $375 a year.
The theme for Louisiana Earth Day is Lead the Way Louisiana Earth Day. As residents of Louisiana, we are encouraged to do our part to help our state become an even better place in which to live.