Earth Day – April 22, 2013
Posted 4/22/2013 12:00:00 AM

Earth Day – April 22, 2013

 

Conversation Starters

  • Happy Earth Day! How will you help Mother Earth today?
  • Happy Earth Day! How have you “gone green” recently?

Fast Facts

  • Wisconsin senator Gaylord Nelson founded the holiday in 1969 after being outraged by a 1969 Santa Barbara Oil Spill.  He is also considered the creator of the environmentalist movement
  • The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970 and was organized by Denis Hayes
  • Earth Day is the largest secular holiday in the world and is celebrated by more than a half billion around the world every year
  • Today, more than 175 countries on seven continents celebrate Earth Day
  • Recycling one aluminum can saves the energy to watch TV for two hours, run a 100 watt light bulb for 20 hours, or run a computer for three hours
  • Plastics can take anywhere from 100 to 400 years to decompose in a landfill
  • The average person throws away 4 pounds of garbage every day
  • The average American uses 600 pounds of paper every year

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