Earth Day and March for Science - April 22
Earth Day was founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in, first held on April 22, 1970. Activities for Earth Day, and often for the whole week, focus on the environmental issues that the world faces. These issues include extreme weather, rising sea levels, and altered ecosystems due to increased levels of CO2 in Earth's atmosphere.
In conjunction with Earth Day, the March for Science is conducted on April 22, celebrating science and the role it plays in everyday lives. Scientists estimated that 1.07 million people participated in rallies and marches for the first March for Science in 2016.
According to the Earth Day Network, "People march, sign petitions, meet with their elected officials, plant trees, clean up their towns and roads. Corporations and governments use it to make pledges and announce sustainability measures."
One of the simplest and most effective ways to help the environment is to plant a tree. Trees that consume the most carbon dioxide and poisonous gases are pines, oaks, Douglas fir, bald cypress, and black walnut.
Students can learn more about Earth Day and conservation efforts by viewing the described and captioned videos below.
All About the Holidays: Earth Day
April 22 is Earth Day. It is a national day to focus on the environment, and rallies are held to promote sustainable alternatives for a healthy planet.
My Little Planet Series
This 26-part animated series introduces young viewers to the natural and biological wonders of the planet. Each episode explores an environmental theme, such as atmospheric pollution, solar energy, population growth, and photosynthesis. Olli and Hanna are aided by the helpful spider Suzie as they explore the natural world around them.
Eco S.O.S. Series (Spanish)
Eco, the little bear, travels around the world observing human interactions with the environment. During his journey, he meets many other friends from the animal kingdom and gets a firsthand look into some of the environmental and social problems facing the planet. Eco and his friends provide ways for humans to ensure a healthy planet for the future.