Earth Day – April 22, 2012

This year Earth Day is celebrating its 42nd “birthday.” Since its conception in 1968, leading up to the first Earth Day in 1970, April 22nd has become a day of activism and education about how each individual person can help keep the Earth clean and to find ways to keep “green” all year round. Here are some fun ideas and quick information about Earth Day!

The Earth Day Flag

Earth Day has, technically two flags. The Earth flag was created by John McConnell in 1969. It is a blue background with the famous “Blue Marble” NASA image in the center.

Earth Day Flag by John McConnell

Another flag associated with Earth Day is the Ecology Flag which was created by cartoonist Ron Cobb in 1969. It is a mimic of the American flag with the “E” and “O” of Environment and Organism created into a single symbol, which has also been substituted with the peace symbol in other years. It uses green and white as it’s colors.

Earth Day Anthem

The Earth Day Anthem is set to Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy,” which is widely recognized across the globe and easy to perform. The words are as follows:

Joyful joyful we adore our Earth in all its wonderment
Simple gifts of nature that all join into a paradise
Now we must resolve to protect her
Show her our love through out all time
With our gentle hand and touch
We make our home a newborn world
Now we must resolve to protect her
Show her our love through out all time
With our gentle hand and touch
We make our home a newborn world

Activities for Earth Day:

Parents, teachers, students, children, everyone can participate in Earth Day in some way or another. Here are some fun and simple things you can do to learn more about the Earth and help keep it beautiful and clean for generations to come!

– Learn about solar energy by cooking using the sun.

– Go through all the catalogs, newspapers, and magazines that your family subscribes to and decide to cancel at least two this year. This will help save a few trees!

– Create simple bird feeders using pine cones, cardboard boxes, or other items from around your home!

– Plant a garden in your backyard, use an egg carton to get the seeds to begin taking root!

– Go for a walk around your neighborhood. Bring gloves and a garbage bag. As you walk, pick up any garbage or debris you see lying around!

And remember, EVERY DAY CAN BE EARTH DAY!

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