Earth Day 2009
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8
Celebrate Earth Day and our planet's diversity from the Bering Sea to the Rain Forest and all points in between. Visit a green house with a most impressive carbon footprint!
Everyone knows how important it is to be environmentally friendly. In my town of Southampton, it's the law!
The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970. Here's how it got its start.
Her name is Erica Fernandez and she is a freshman at Stanford University in California. She is also is a determined, compassionate and hard-working activist, as well as an inspirational speaker. In 2007, she won the Brower Youth award for brave young environmentalists. Recently, she headlined a public policy leadership conference at Harvard University.
The United States consumed almost 138 billion gallons of gasoline in 2008. That is more than the total consumption of South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia combined! Much of that gasoline is burned in automobiles, which contributes to one-third of the country's total carbon dioxide output, a key contributor to global warming.
The scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, joined 41 partner scientists and the U.S. Coast Guard on an Arctic expedition in early April. The set out to learn more about the ecosystems of the Bering Sea Area, specifically southwest of the Alaskan mainland, near the Aleution Islands.
To the average person, the Golden Gate Bridge is a spectacular overhead suspension bridge that connects San Francisco to Marin County in the California bay area. To Peter Richards, however, the bridge is a chance to teach young children about thermometers.
Disneynature's new film, earth, takes viewers through a year of what it is like to be an animal living on this planet. It's a great movie for nature-lovers and is opening on Earth Day, April 22, 2009.
Can you could help save the planet by changing a light bulb? Avery Hairston says you can and he founded an organization called RelightNY to get the word out. Hairston's goal is to get more people to convert their incandescent light bulbs to compact florescent light bulbs (CFL).
A popular field trip for students in Puerto Rico is a visit to the El Yunque Rain Forest, the only tropical rain forest in the United States National Forest System.
The Ellenbogen family of Pelham Manor, New York, lives in a large stone house, with a gym, an elevator, and an indoor fountain. Sound impressive? It is, but the most amazing part of this home is the size of its carbon footprint, not its 8,000 square feet of living space. The Ellenbogen home runs on geothermal and solar energy.
As the nation prepares to celebrate Earth Day 2009 on April 22, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson finds himself with one of the nation's most difficult tasks. As a new mayor, he must reduce the carbon footprint of his city--an international business hub in northern California.
Students around the country are organizing environmental clubs to take action to improve their environment. All of these student environmental groups shout one big message: it doesn't matter how old you are, you can take action to change your community. How would you like to learn how to start an environmental club to help your community?