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April 16, 2013
Celebrate Earth Day
Earth Day is April 22. Earth Day has become a worldwide event - reminding people of the importance of taking care of the planet by "going green." The NEA and other groups have developed a variety of resources to help Pennsylvania schools bring Earth Day into the classroom.
A brief history of Earth Day
Founded in 1970 by Gaylord Nelson, a former United States senator from Wisconsin, Earth Day has grown into a global event. In 1970, 20 million Americans demonstrated in streets, parks, and auditoriums for a healthier, cleaner environment. Each year, hundreds of millions of people in more than 180 countries participate in Earth Day activities around the world.
Earth Day Resources
Tips to "Green" Your Classroom or School:
Flip the switch!
- Form a student patrol group to check that lights are off in vacant rooms
- Make signs or stickers for your classrooms that say “Flip the switch when leaving!” as a reminder to turn off lights
- Request to use CFLs or LED bulbs and have your students compute the energy savings
Monitor those monitors
- Make sure computers are set to enter “sleep” mode when inactive; avoid using screen savers
- Turn off monitors that won’t be used in subsequent classes
- Turn off computers when the school day ends
- Conserve paper by using both sides of a page in your notebooks, using recycled paper, and making sure there is a paper recycling bin in every classroom
- Start a recycling program for the school. If you already have one, evaluate the current program to find new ways to reduce waste and conserve more materials
- Collect used printer, fax, and copier cartridges to recycle
Find more resources and information at www.earthday.org