Earth Day is celebrated every year on April 22nd, and it is celebrated all over the world. The theme for 2022 is Invest in Our Planet. Earth Day first began in the United States in 1970, and was to be a day to honor the Earth and the concept of peace. Earth Day is now celebrated in 193 countries.
Gaylord Nelson, a senator from the state of Wisconsin thought that the United States needed to take better care of our country. He began to think about this after some major environmental disasters, including one that happened in Cleveland, Ohio. I know it sounds unbelievable, but the Cuyahoga River actually caught on fire because of all the trash and chemicals in the river!
Senator Nelson lead the drive to make Earth Day a day to help teach the public all about air and water pollution. A year after the first Earth Day, the Environmental Protection Agency was created.
It was not until 1990 that Earth Day was celebrated in other countries around the world. Two hundred million people took part in the celebration, with all kinds of displays. In France, they created a 500-mile human chain to celebrate. In Poland, celebrations included teaching about ways to separate waste and where to dispose of electronic waste such as batteries.
Last year in Ireland, small and large businesses were invited to plant one-million trees to offset their carbon footprint. Trees are a great way to reduce pollution in the air that we breathe.
You can do your part to celebrate Earth Day on April 22, and all year long. You can take steps to help reduce your waste, such as using a refillable water bottle instead of using plastic bottles. You could avoid using so many disposable items such as napkins, plates, and spoons and instead use more reusable items like reusable straws and cups and take reusable shopping bags with you to the store.
You could also walk or ride your bike more places instead of driving. Planting trees in your yard are also a terrific way to help the environment. However you want to celebrate Earth Day, remember that we only have this one planet that we all share, and we all must take care of it for future generations.
- 1 cup of sour cream
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 4 cups of flour
- 1 cup of white sugar
- 1 cup of blueberries or raisins, or whatever fruit you want, chocolate chips could even work
- 1 cup of margarine or butter
- 1 egg
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix sour cream and baking soda in small bowl. Stir until it “poofs up.” Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, and salt. Stir until well mixed. Add the butter and cut it in. Use a pastry blender if you have one. If not, use two knives in a scissoring motion. (This will take a few minutes and your arms should be hurting!)
Once the butter is cut in, add the eggs and mix. Then add the sour cream mixture. Stir all together.
Then add your fruit and stir gently until all mixed together. Divide into three equal circles and pat down until each circle is about one-inch thick. Cut each circle into six equal triangles.
Place on a very well-greased baking sheet. Bake until the bottoms are nice and brown, and the tops are slightly brown about 15-20 minutes depending on thickness.
My Friend Earth
Written by Patricia MacLachlan, illustrated by Francesca Sanna. This delightful book teaches about all the wonderful things Earth does for us. The spectacular illustrations encourage exploration. A great reminder that we need to be a good friend in return. For ages 3-5, 44 pages.
The Wisdom of Trees: How Trees Work Together to Form a Natural Kingdom
Written by Lita Judge, through fantastic illustrations, poems, and scientific information this book explains how trees form communities to strengthen themselves and others. It shows how trees form a network that sustains our planet and teaches us valuable lessons about patience, survival, and teamwork. For ages 7-12, 48 pages.
Q. What do you call it when worms take over the world?
A. Global worming
Q. What can run but never walks, has a mouth but never talks, and a bed but never sleeps?
A. A river
Gab in Gaelic
The sky is blue = Ta an t-adhar gorm (pronounced: taw an tat/hir gur/imm)