April 22 – Earth Day: A Chance to Save the Earth and Its People
Show our home planet some love on April 22 – Earth Day! This special day gives all of us a chance to participate in taking care of our environment by resorting to eco-friendly activities. It serves as a reminder to all Americans as well as people all over the world to take extra care of Mother Earth and to educate the public about the dangers of climate change.
On this annual event, take time to process the damage that has been done to Mother Nature and think of simple ways to make it better: plant trees, ride a bike to work, carpool with a co-worker, anything that contributes to the conservation of our planet.
How Earth Day Began
In 1969, a massive oil spill happened in Santa Barbara, California that caused the deaths of many marine animals and seabirds. This prompted U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson to stand up for Earth and its people. He created a national “teach-in” to educate the public of the dangers that the environment face and what can be done about it.
According to Live Science, On April 20, 1970, Nelson, together with his staff and his associates Pete McCloskey and Dennis Hayes, were able to convince 20 million people across the nation to rally about environmental awareness and the urgent need to protect our planet. In 1995, President Bill Clinton awarded Nelson with a medal recognizing him as the founder of Earth Day.
Since then, Earth Day has become one of the most widely celebrated occasions not just in the United States but in the entire world. Every year, more than a billion people participate in Earth Day activities including rallies and conferences with the hopes of having their message heard across the globe.
Our planet is truly a beautiful place, but it’s in grave danger. Ice caps are melting, causing ocean levels to rise. Millions of plastics are burned all over the world every day, creating more damage to the ozone layer. Fossil fuel continues to harm the environment, causing mutations in healthy cells. Knowing more about what’s currently happening to our planet helps in creating plans that could aid in repairing the damage that has been done before it becomes too late.
Here are some of the things that are happening on Earth today:
Every day, Earth loses 137 plants, animals, and insects.
U.S. factories release more than 3 million tons of toxic chemicals each year. These substances seep into the soil or flow into the ocean, which could endanger the Earth’s biodiversity.
Experts have estimated that only 6 percent of the rainforests that cover just 14 percent of the world remain. The number is expected to fall further in the next few years if no significant measures are taken to avert this.
Get Rid of an Old Clunker
The beauty of the Earth Day celebration is that everybody is free to participate, including you. If you’re thinking of ways to contribute to our planet’s conservation and you happen to have an old clunker sitting in your garage, donate it to Veteran Car Donations! One of the benefits of donating your old vehicle is that it contributes to protecting our environment since it adds to the number of inefficient, poorly maintained, and pollution-causing vehicles that would be taken off the streets. At the same time, the proceeds from the sale of your car donation would help out a lot of our struggling former military service members.
Make it a personally memorable Earth Day celebration on April 22 by donating your car to Veteran Car Donations! Fill out our online donation form or call us at 877-594-5822 and get free towing services and substantial tax deduction for your vehicle donation.