Every year on April 22, Earth Day marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement. In the spring of 1970, Senator Gaylord Nelson created Earth Day because there was no Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to protect our environment - no way to stop toxic waste being dumped into water; no stopping factories from emitting toxic waste into the air.  We had no regulations or legal footing to stop this desecration from destroying our planet.

 

This year’s theme is Invest in Our Planet.  “As individuals, we have the simple yet effective power to make our voices heard through our choices, our civic actions, and our personal interactions. What each of us does, and how we do it, has a huge ripple effect on our ecosystems, and on the pace of corporate and government action."

Green spaces and parks are a beneficial part of everyday life.  Time spent outdoors partaking in an outdoor recreational activity can lead to a range of benefits, from reduced obesity rates to strengthened family ties.  The Marine Corps has identified green spaces to make it easy for people to find places to nurture their body, mind, and spirit, and Semper Fit can connect you to areas near you.

 

The majority of the work force today has been taught to recycle; put trash in containers; don’t support companies that pollute our air or water, but what have you done in your neighborhood or your military communities? 

 

Here are some ideas to “Invest in Our Planet”:

  • Set up recycle bins in your house, and include it in your services with your waste management carrier/provider
  • Take a bag with you when visiting your local park, installation’s green spaces, or are out for a walk to gather trash (Don’t forget gloves!)
  • Check with the Earth Day website for activities near you
  • Volunteer at local events