Earth Day is celebrated annually on April 22.
Worldwide, various events are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. In 1969, John McConnell, a peace activist, proposed a day to honor Earth and the concept of peace at the UNESCO Conference in San Francisco. The first Earth Day celebrations took place in two thousand colleges and universities, roughly ten thousand primary and secondary schools, and hundreds of communities across the United States in 1970. More importantly, it brought 20 million Americans together for peaceful demonstrations in favor of environmental reform.
Denis Hayes took the idea further in 1990, making the day international in more than 140 nations. Now, in more than 193 countries, Earth Day activities are coordinated by Earth Day Network.
USD 475 promotes several programs which help students and staff remain green. Some of these programs include a digital eFlyer system that helps conserve paper, an energy consumption program which helps mitigate energy need and cost, and even a Planet Protector Club at Sheridan Elementary School!
Celebrate Earth Day by going out and enjoying this great planet we all get to live on! Post your photos on Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag “#475KeepingEarthAlive”