Giving Back on Earth Day
April 21, 2011
Earth Day is the largest, most widely celebrated international environmental event. Celebrating Earth day was intended to inspire awareness of and appreciation for the Earth’s environment. Senator Gaylord Nelson of the United States founded Earth Day. It was first celebrated on April 22, 1970 in the United States when 20 million people and thousands of local schools and communities participated. The huge turnout made it the largest organized celebration in the history of the United States. Earth Day’s success helped influence the government of the United States to create stronger laws to protect the environment.
Earth Day reminds us we all share the same planet.
Taking care of the Earth may sound complicated, but there are many simple steps that each of us can take to save energy and reduce our impact on the planet. Earth supplies us with all good gifts: nourishment, water, minerals, fresh air, fire, beauty. When we remember this, we become mindful again in our attitudes and actions. We choose food that is healthful for us and sustainable for Earth. We pick up litter to show our respect for our surroundings. It is odd to hear but we rarely stop to examine the effects on the environment unless we are hit by a natural disaster.
Sharing Earth means taking responsibility for what we use and how we use it. It is a day to think of the environmental challenges we face and how to solve them. Protecting the Earth is every person’s and every country’s responsibility. People traditionally celebrate Earth Day with the ringing of bells, often bells of peace. The tradition of bell ringing is practiced all over the world on Earth Day.
Some of the community service projects around the world are:
- Brazil: In São Paulo the Nature Conservancy will host community workshops on recycling, reforestation and water conservation.
- China: Qinhuangdao Bird Watching Association and Kunshan Charity Federation will plant nearly 2,000 trees.
- Hungary: Trees will be planted to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Hall-Heroult aluminum production process and the 70th anniversary of the Alcoa Köfém location in Szekesfehervar.
- Iceland : Alcoa employees will beautify and help preserve Vatnajökull National Park.
- Russia: In Belaya Kalitva, Alcoa Russia President, Andrey Donets, will lead an education session for middle school students about the importance of recycling.
- United States: Across the country, many cities will participate in electronics recycling drives to address the growing challenge of e-waste over the Earth Day weekend, April 20-25.
Earth Day provides us with a perfect opportunity to raise awareness and to change our lifestyle so that we can live in harmony with nature.
The younger generations should be made aware of the wonderful elements of nature, while alerting them to the problems faced by our environment at the same time. Earth Day can be a chance to thank the earth for the gifts that it gives on a daily basis. Earth Day is really an occasion to celebrate life on earth. It is a day to think about how fortunate humans are to have such a nourishing planet. Above all else, it is a day to give thanks and gratitude to the planet that sustains life and to give back!
DetailXPerts looks to help the environment on a daily basis not just on one particular day.
To encourage everyone to start taking small steps to save the Earth and save water natural resources, DetailXPerts will give 10% OFF the price of all steam cleaning services (Exterior Hand Wash, Interior Organic Steam Cleaning, Ultimate Eco Wash, Presidential Detail and Specialty Detailing Services) throughout the month of April. On Earth Day, April 22nd, everyone who has their vehicle steam cleaned will DetailXPerts will get a FREE Green Rewards Member Card.