The clocks have sprung forward, the seasons officially changed, the flowers are in bloom, and temperatures are rising! What a time to be alive! There are also two days in April in which our environment is celebrated– Earth Day and Arbor Day.  Both days allow us a chance to take a step back and be appreciative of nature and our environment!

Earth Day, which will be celebrated this Sunday, April 22nd, is a day of observance that promotes environmental protection and sustainability. Earth Day was first organized by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson as a way to turn national attention towards environmental issues. The first Earth Day was observed in 1970 and was celebrated nationwide by 22 million Americans.

Nowadays, Earth Day, powered by the Earth Day Network, continues to advocate for environmental protection and strives to provide solutions towards addressing the various issues at hand. Reforestation, protecting endangered species, green schools,  and community involvement are just a few of the things that Earth Day supports. In fact, the focus of this year’s Earth Day is to end plastic pollution. The Earth Day Network has committed to “providing the information and inspiration needed to fundamentally change human attitude and behavior about plastics.”.

The Earth Day Network also promotes and helps to organize many of the thousands of events that are held worldwide on Earth Day!  Events such as community clean-ups, tree plantings, volunteer events, and rallies are held to help promote the protection of our environment. To get involved you can check out the Earth Day Network’s official page for Earth Day 2018!

Next up in the April calendar is Arbor Day! Arbor Day in America was the brainchild of J. Sterling Morton, who wished to “to set aside one day to plant trees, both forest, and fruit.” Morton’s dream came to fruition and on April 10, 1872, the first American Arbor Day was celebrated. It is estimated that one million trees were planted in Nebraska on the first Arbor Day! Arbor Day is particularly special to The PRIDE Purpose because we partner with them to plant trees! The PRIDE Purpose is working with the Arbor Day to plant 10,000 trees by May! 

In recent years, Arbor Day is celebrated internationally. China, Brazil, Iceland, Australia, and Korea among others observe the holiday.  Celebrated on April 27, Arbor Day is a way in which we can all acknowledge and appreciate the role of trees in our lives and take action to preserve, protect and promote them. To celebrate this Arbor Day there will be a diverse amount of options to choose from. Community events such as tree plantings, clean-ups, walks, hikes, and concerts are held to observe the holiday. To find an event near you, check out the Arbor Day website.

Along with enjoying springtime as we normally do, these are two special occasions in which we can take a day to observe and enjoy the environment around us, preserve what we already have and contribute towards a better future. Both of these days offer opportunities to do just that. It all starts with us!

 

Happy Earth & Arbor Day!