“The good man is the friend of all living things.” – Gandhi
Earth Day is an annual event on April 22nd that helps remind us to take good care of our planet and to be mindful of our part in its preservation. On our first official Earth Day in 1970, around 20 million Americans participated in a national teach-in on environmental issues and protests against environmental deterioration. Now over 40 years later, the questions are, what can we do today for the earth and what celebrations are happening locally?
The first thing we can do for our environment, and planet in general, is remind ourselves that our planet needs tender love and care more than just once a year. Do your part this Earth Day by making a commitment to adopt an environmentally-friendly habit like recycling, water conservation, not littering, going green when you clean, or even contacting your local park to see if they need any help in keeping the grounds clean.
Other key things to remember are that outdoor exercise can contribute to saving the Earth! Statistics show that over 70 million gallons of fuel in the U.S. alone could be saved each year if we would occasionally ride a bike for a short errand instead of driving a car. On the flip side of that, when it comes to our vehicles, improperly inflated tires could cause waste of over 700 million gallons of gasoline each year! Even more is wasted because our vehicles aren’t properly tuned up. By keeping our machines running ‘Green’, we can save money and the planet simultaneously by reducing emissions.
There are many ways to contribute not only to Earth Day, but every day. By making simple changes in our everyday life, we could be saving our planet one step at a time. If you are passionate about Earth Day, there are many different events being celebrated locally this year, and some of them are right around the corner! This year, check out Chino’s Earth Day Celebration on April 21st at Chino Creek Wetlands and Educational Park, featuring environmental exhibits, shows, Earth-friendly activities, tons of giveaways (including compost), and much more! You can also visit Rancho Cucamonga’s Frontier Project on April 2nd, for their Earth Day & Open House event. For more information about these events, visit www.wcmagazines.com.
Also, check out Diamond Bar’s city website to see all the information they offer on ways to save the Earth. Remember that what you do today will affect generations to come, so take pride in our planet and go green now!
Sabrina Short, Staff Writer