Another Earth Day is on the horizon and we are happy to be celebrating it with you! Part of our mission here at Nature’s Academy, is to enhance STEM literacy and foster environmental stewardship in our community and beyond. A goal that is near and dear to the heart of Earth Day. Join us in learning more about Earth Day while exploring ways we can all protect our natural world.
History of Earth Day
Earth Day is a traditional American holiday that began in 1970 as a day of education about environmental issues plaguing our planet. Its purpose was to encourage people from all over the world to appreciate our natural ecosystems in the wake of the Industrial Revolution.
After 150 years of prolonged industrial development, millions of people stood together to protest the negative impacts that were affecting humans, the biodiversity of species, and agricultural growth among other things. By standing together for the same cause, the focus of environmental health shifted and our natural world benefitted as a result.
Earth Day 2018: End Plastic Pollution
Though we have made great advances in the past, it is important to continue our positive change into the future. This year, the focus of Earth Day 2018 is to “End Plastic Pollution by Earth Day 2020!” Earth Day 2020 happens to be the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and a good target to remedy the issues dealt with daily in regards to plastic pollution.
Nature’s Academy could not agree more with the theme for this year’s Earth Day. Plastics and microplastics cause issues that many people do not realize impact our own lives. Plastics never completely biodegrade, they just become smaller and spread through wind, water and runoff into our oceans and other natural areas. Many terrestrial and marine species eat small plastic pieces mistaking them for food, and can become toxic themselves if consumed by humans.
Joining the Fight to End Plastic Pollution
To combat these growing issues, Nature’s Academy is partnering with the Mississippi State University and the NOAA Marine Debris Program to bring our students into the exciting world of STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math! With our new Microplastics Project program, students learn how to take sediment and water samples that they process and record for the existence of microplastics, as well as being able to experience kayaking, seagrass dipnetting, a water quality demonstration and coastal cleanup. One of the main goals of our program is to educate our students about this existing problem and then to identify ways that they are able to combat the issues. For more information about our Microplastics Project program, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and bring your students on the edventure of a lifetime.
Positive Ways to Celebrate Earth Day!
Remember that the best way to start celebrating Earth Day is by taking a small step in the right direction. Celebrate Earth Day by using the following tips to spread awareness and promote positive interactions with our natural world:
- Get a reusable water bottle
- Start composting instead of throwing away food
- Build a bird house
- Start a garden in your own backyard
- Enjoy nature and share with others
- Use reusable grocery bags instead of plastic ones
- Make your home energy efficient