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A Day to Celebrate Earth

April 22 is Earth Day. Each year on Earth Day, people get together to celebrate the planet and work to protect it.

People have been celebrating Earth Day since 1970. Earth Day was started by a man named Gaylord Nelson, who was a lawmaker from Wisconsin. He was worried about the ways people were hurting the Earth.

Make Every Day Earth Day!

Many people think that every day should be Earth Day. They say people should always work to stop pollution. Pollution is the dirtying of the land, air, and water. Here are some ways to help the planet every day.

Recycle!

You can recycle cans, bottles, and newspapers. That means keeping these things out of the regular trash. Instead, you put them into special bins. Then they are processed, so that the materials they are made of can be used again.

Start a can recycling program at your school. You can use the money you earn from returning the cans to buy things your school needs.

Don't Be a Litterbug!

Don't litter! Be a good example for other kids. If you see litter, pick it up and put it in trash cans or recycling bins.

Save a Tree, Plant a Tree!

Paper is made from trees. You can save a tree by not wasting paper. Use both sides of a sheet of paper.

Celebrate National Arbor Day. On this holiday, people plant and care for trees. National Arbor Day is the last Friday in April, but many states celebrate it on different days. They choose a day that is best for planting trees in their own climate.

Don't Waste Water!

You can easily save water. Turn the water off while brushing your teeth and washing your face.

Save Energy!

Save electricity by turning off the lights when you leave a room. Do not leave a radio or TV on if you are not using it.