As technology has advanced in previous decades, there has been more and more pollution that have contaminated our Earth, making it dirty and difficult to live in. The environment has seen continuous deterioration. It is believed that the damage to the environment is also causing climate change, that will effect all of us.
A US senator, Gary Nelson saw these problems and formed Earth day in 1970 to raise awareness. Many leaders also recognized this and The US Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1970. The EPA creates and enforces regulations to help us keep our air, land and water clean.
But creating an agency that mandates laws is not enough. To have a positive impact everyone needs to do his or her bit.
A few simple things that we can all do:
- Don’t waste paper. Use both sides of paper and then remember to recycle it.
- Take shorter showers and save water.
- Remember to not leave the water running when you brush your teeth.
- Use a reusable cup instead of a juice box.
- Remember to turn off lights and TV when you are not in the room
- And, if possible lets all plant one tree each. When the trees grow big they produce oxygen - we need that to breathe!
In addition to the efforts led by the EPA, several corporations, organizations and schools conduct Earth Day activities to educate people.
The Earth is the only planet we can live on. Lets take good care of it by keeping it clean and healthy.
Gem words:climate change: the change in global climate patterns that have been observed from the mid to late 20th century onwards that are believed to be the result of increased pollutants and carbon dioxide.
contaminate: make something impure by adding a harmful or poisonous substance.
deteriorate:become progressively worse
regulation: rules or directives made and maintained by an authority