earth will continue to regenerate its life sources only as long as we and
all the peoples of the world do our part to conserve its natural resources.
It is a responsibility which every human being shares. Through voluntary
action, each of us can join in building a productive land in harmony with
March 21st as Earth Day
The purpose of Earth Site is to
get attention for the Earth Day Idea,
the idea that can do the most for people and planet:
"All individuals and institutions
have a mutual responsibility to now act as Trustees of Earth, seeking the
choices in ecology, economics and ethics that will eliminate pollution,
poverty and violence, foster peaceful progress, awaken the wonder of life,
and realize the best potential for the future of the human adventure."
DAY uses one of humanity’s great discoveries, the discovery of anniversaries
by which, throughout time, human beings have kept their sorrows and their
joys, their victories, their revelations and their obligations alive, for
re-celebration and re-dedication another year, another decade, another
century another eon. EARTH DAY reminds the people of the world of the need
for continuing care which is vital to Earth’s safety. …EARTH DAY draws
on astronomical phenomena in a new way; using the vernal equinox, the time
when the Sun crosses the equator making night and day of equal length in
all parts of the Earth. To this point in the annual calendar, EARTH DAY
attaches no local or divisive set of symbols, no statement of the truth
or superiority of one way of life over another. But the selection of the
March equinox makes planetary observance of a shared event possible.
equinox calls on all mankind to recognize and respect Earth’s beautiful
systems of balance, between the presence of animals on land, the fish in
the sea, birds in the air, mankind, water, air, and land. Most importantly
there must always be awareness of the actions by people that can disturb
this precious balance.
Earth Day affords science teachers with an outstanding
opportunity to focus student's attention on the environment and to stimulate
their creativity and imagination, so that they can act persuasively to
help solve environmental problems. Our belief is that all schools should
make this day a tradition which students and faculty eagerly anticipate.
The organization of activities for such an event lends itself to an interdisciplinary
approach which allows for school-wide participation in the learning process.
Our suggestion is that Earth Day evolve into a week of
activities that tend to be student- action oriented. Ideally, these activities
will provide them with a means to act on their convictions. Most importantly
these activities can provide a progressive model which can make Earth Day
activities part of the schedule all year long. It is our charge to keep
fresh in the minds of our students the motto that "Earth Day is every day".
The following list offers examples of activities at various
levels of involvement.
Classroom or school-wide awareness activities
Identify local as well as global environmental crises
Show the film The Lorax. Available from most video stores
Show the Rain Forest Rap. Available from World Wildlife Fund
1250 Twenty-Fourth St. NW Washington, D.C. 20037 PH. (301) 338-6951 Video:
$15.00 Teacher Packet which includes booklets and video: $29.95.
Create contests for poster, T-shirt, bookmark, and stationary
designs. Proceeds from the sale of these items can be used to support environmental
Student poetry, essays, rap songs, and speechs can be written
in a cooperative venture with the English Department.
Read published poetry and stories or play music related to
Research environmental organizations in order to make informed
decisions about where to send proceeds from fundraising.
Read and post daily environmental announcements.
Informational picketing by students before and after school.
Involve students in presenting environmental information
to local media such as writing letters to newspaper editors or science
reporters at local T.V. stations.
Develop environmental impact statements.
Bring in environmental speakers.
Student presentations to class.
Classroom, club, or school-wide activities
Have students carry a trash bag with personal garbage for
one school week.
Make recycled paper.
Investigate the purchase of recycled paper for school use.
Make bird houses and feeders or other wildlife feeding stations.
These can be installed by students and/or sold as a fund raiser.
Propagate house plants to sell as a fundraiser or to give
to teachers to display in their classrooms as air fresheners.
Give each teacher a recyclable mug for coffee or tea.
Draft petitions and actively inform as signatures are sought.
Do a garbage study from cafeteria waste cans at the end of
a typical school day. Identify and quantify aluminum, plastic, paper, food,
glass, etc.. Propose ways to reduce the amount to the student council or
other appropriate organization.
Write letters to congress persons to support environmental
Raise money through various contests to support conservation
causes. e.g. class competitions.
All school art exhibit (photography, sculpture, etc.) focusing
upon the environment.
Plant a native tree and/or wildflower seeds.
Ecofair in cafeteria during lunch periods. Have each different
club in school be responsible for one fair booth.
Write to student and comunity groups involved in environmental
activities in other countries (note: addresses will be forwarded for inclusion
by K. Leathem)