Earth Day is coming up on this Friday. You know, April 22nd. So I thought I would create a guide to help my fellow bookworms celebrate it. But before we can get to how to celebrate Earth Day, a history lesson is in order. Because what’s the point in celebrating when you don’t know what you’re celebrating? (No, it is not a day to celebrate Gaea’s defeat, you Percy Jackson fans).
Earth Day 101
Earth Day was created by Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, in 1970. On April 22, 1970, people from all around the country, from different socioeconomic backgrounds, different races, different political party affiliations, different everything, came together to protest the poor treatment of the environment. It led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and many acts like the Endangered Species Act.
Today, Earth Day is celebrated all around the world and serves to educate the public and raise awareness about harmful changes in the environment and what we can do to take care of the Earth we live on, with a focus on global warming and the need for clean energy. For more information, visit Earth Day Network.
Now on to the fun stuff. Here are three ways bookworms can celebrate Earth Day. 🙂
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Okay, I was kind of joking when I said “reduce”, because let’s face it, it will be very difficult for all of us to reduce our collection of books. That being said, if you are a brave soul and can part with some books, you can “recycle” them as gifts for other people or even sell them to used bookstores. As for “reuse”, well, bookish DIYs with book pages are becoming more and more popular. You can use them to create bouquets of bookish flowers or even just as a background for your bookstagram pictures.
What better way for a bookworm to appreciate the beautiful Earth we live on, then to read outside? Not only do you save some energy (no need for lights when you have the sun), you can also be a part of nature. Sort of. But you can hear the birds chirp and the leaves rustle in the wind. You can feel the touch of the breeze and the sun’s warm rays. Spring is in the year. And if you have pollen allergies, well you can enjoy it all from inside next to a nice window. Lol.
Plant Seeds of Thought
Er, not thought. Plant seeds. And trees. Becuase you know, our beloved books (the physical ones) are made of paper and paper comes from trees. Without trees, there would be no paper, and in turn, no physical books that we love so much. Give back to the Earth by planting trees. You can even name them after your favorite characters or series. Think of them as an investment. By helping grow new and more trees, you are ensuring (kind of) that there will be enough trees in the future that physical books can still exist.
Okay, so maybe none of these are as exciting as they were in my brain but oh well. In the end of the day, what is important, is not that you take a hint from this “guide” and go clubbing in celebration of Earth Day, but that you learn something about our Earth and remember to take care of it. We, humans, have been trashing our poor Earth for years and to compensate, we should all try to treat it like it is Earth Day every day.
What will you be doing to celebrate Earth Day?