By Sally K. Albrecht
Director of School Choral & Classroom Music

Earth Day is a special day set aside for all of us to recognize the influence we have on this earth. United States Senator Gaylord Nelson (from Wisconsin) thought it was important that we dedicate a particular day to learn more about environmental awareness. The first Earth Day celebration occurred on April 22, 1970, involving approximately 2,000 colleges and universities and 10,000 schools. It has been estimated that 20 million Americans took part in the massive event. It led to the creation of the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) as well as the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.

As our planet has limited resources, Earth Day encourages participation in events and activities to promote awareness and to teach us ways to protect our environment. For over 40 years, people have used this day to bring attention to the earth and to discover what we can do together to make sure our world can be enjoyed by future generations.

Earth Day is now celebrated in over 100 countries across the globe. In some places, an entire week has been set aside.

Some things we can do:

• Pick up trash in the playground and cafeteria.

• Recycle plastic, cans, cardboard, and paper at school and home.

• Plant a tree, bush, or flower.

• Take a shorter shower, and turn the water off when brushing your teeth.

• Take a reusable bag on shopping trips.

• Change to compact florescent light bulbs, also known as CFLs.

• Carpool, walk, bike, or take the bus.

Lots of additional “Smart Tips” can be found in the publication It’s Easy Being Green!

NOTE: Alfred has been printing all vocal and classroom publications on recycled paper since 2010! Alfred cares!