Earth day springs upon us

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“Earth Day should encourage us to reflect on what we are doing to make our planet a more sustainable and livable place.” – Scott Peters

In 1970, Senator Gaylord Nelson decided to legislate the first-ever Earth Day. He decided to create this day so that people all over the world could be aware of the issues surrounding pollution. When Senator Nelson announced this idea, 22 million Americans took to the streets to help and celebrate the Earth. This eventually led to over 200 million people in over 141 countries helping to lift the environmental issues into the public eye.

Now, Earth Day is recognized as one of the biggest worldly traditions. Billions of people mark this day as one to change the world’s behavior and fight for a clean environment. Through this fight for change, many options have become available for each person to make a difference. These options include recycling, conserving water, volunteering, planting trees and more. 

Reduce waste in the home and, for the love of all things nature, do not litter at the very least. Taking part in volunteer activities and political activism is a great way to take helping the planet above and beyond for an individual without a significant say in the government or big businesses,” Junior Even Berry says. 

Trinity High School has multiple areas where techniques to help avoid waste are in use. These include the recycling program set up by the National Honor Society and the water bottle stations at every water fountain. 

To create clean energy, there are also wind turbines behind the school and two solar flowers, one in the front and one in the back. These energy sources are to help combat greenhouse gas emissions and instead produce renewable energy. 

Trinity also has a Dreamers’ club that performs community outreach, including clean-ups around Washington and surrounding areas to help the environment.

Other schools around the world also have great ways to help the Earth, such as planting trees, getting plants for the classroom and organizing school-wide cleanups. 

Mrs. Monteleone, one of Trinity’s science teachers, poses the question, “As students, what are your ideas and solutions for how Trinity High School could help the environment?”  

Earth day has been recognized by many for the past 51 years and there are many ways that we as people can continue to help save the Earth and conserve its resources. This year let’s get out there and make a change for the environment.