The Affects of Earth Day

How has Earth Day had an affect on students at VMS

Ceara Correia, contributor

Earth day is a holiday that comes around once a year as a reminder that we only have one planet, and that we must take care of it. Every year we as a society grow closer to the everlasting effects of pollution and climate change.  

           Some may ask, how did this holiday even come to be? To answer that question the first Earth Day was celebrated April 22, 1970. Leading up to the first Earth Day pollution had been at an all-time high due to the recent development of new technology but not enough infor

mation on the effects of what they would do to our climate. Earthday.org states ‘Americans were consuming vast amounts of leaded gas through massive and inefficient automobiles. Industry belched out smoke and sludge with little fear of the consequences from either the law or bad press. Air pollution was commonly accepted as the smell of prosperity. Until this point, mainstream America remained oblivious to environmental concerns and how a polluted environment threatens human health. This all changes when Rachel Carsons book on these effects hit the shelfs this gave new light to environmental change and what it could mean for the future. This gave the idea for Earth Day. Once people really started to see the effects such as smog over their city’s things started to change.  

How do people celebrate Earth Day?  

 Celebrating Earth Day is A particularly Important thing here at VMS to some students. One of our students, Sophia Sufferling Says ‘Earth Day to me is a day to honor the planet we were gifted with. To celebrate Earth day she likes to pick up trash around her neighborhood and regularly practices recycling. If you are interested in getting involved no matter how small you can walk or bike instead of using a car or taking A bus, using a reusable water bottle instead of a plastic one and recycling.