Thursday, April 22, is the 51st Earth Day. Help us celebrate!
How did Earth Day start?
The first Earth Day in 1970 is said to have marked the beginning of the modern environmental protection movement. When former United States Senator and Wisconsinite Gaylord Nelson came up with the idea for Earth Day, he hoped that the same energy that fueled Vietnam War protests could be channeled into actions to protect the Earth. Now, fifty-one years later, over one billion people across nearly 200 countries participate in actions to help promote a healthier environment every year on April 22.
Help us celebrate with these activities!
- Learn more about the history of Earth Day by visiting the official Earth Day website
- Participate in an Earth Day energy scavenger hunt!
- Read up on Earth Day sustainability tips for Spring that you can practice from home!
- Do these three easy Earth Day actions!
- Have fun with this energy use coloring sheet!
- Teachers! Check out our new, growing hub for environmental education resources!
- Catch the Lyrids Meteor Shower, it peaks on Earth Day, April 22!
- Participate in the City-Wide Spring Cleanup on April 24th
These activities were provided by our Partners in Energy team! Partners in Energy (PiE) is a collaboration between SPPS and Xcel Energy that helps us manage our energy use and become a more sustainable school district. To learn more about the work that Partners in Energy does for Saint Paul Public Schools, visit our PiE web page.