The first Earth Day was held in the United States on April 22, 1970, and was founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson. Over 20 million people participated. The American Heritage Magazine called the first Earth Day “one of the most remarkable happenings in the history of democracy.” The second Earth Day, held on April 22, 1990, was celebrated in over 140 countries.

Earth Day is a special day set aside to remind us of the need to care for our environment. It is a time to become actively involved in many Save-the-Earth projects, to show appreciation for the Earth and to fight pollution. Everyone is encouraged to make an extra effort when it comes to conserving water, paper and electricity. Take time to also learn what you can do to conserve energy and reduce, reuse and recycle products in your own neighborhood.

Although Earth day is celebrated once a year, people are encouraged to celebrate the gifts our planet has to offer everyday. From the little wildflower growing outside of your home to the black sand beaches of Hawaii and the majesty of the great sequoia and redwood trees.  

Make an Earth Day Bracelet

HOW TO MAKE AN EARTH DAY BRACELET

To make your bracelet, you will need the following supplies:

  • A pipe cleaner
  • Colored beads (1-3 beads of each color)

STEPS

1. Take your pipe cleaner and form a small loop at one end.
2.  Add your colored beads, which each represent something on the Earth. Make a pattern or add them randomly.
3. Take the end of the pipe cleaner and put it through the loop you formed in step 1, and twist it shut.

ENJOY YOUR BRACELET!

MEANING OF COLORS

BROWN

Soil for growing food. It covers on 1/32 of the Earth and is less than 5 feet deep (Save land space).

YELLOW

Sun warms the Earth and is needed for plant photosynthesis and growth (Save energy, Stop global warming).

BLUE

Water, 97% is salt water, 3% is drinkable, fresh surface and groundwater (Save water, Protect our waterways).

CLEAR

Human actions (Plant pride, Not litter, Protect our wildlife and wild places, Don’t pollute).

RED

Animals and people can survive only if natural resources are conserved (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Re-buy).

GREEN

Represents the Earth (Make everyday Earth Day).

I promise to show this bracelet to others, to tell them what each color means, and to keep the Earth clean and beautiful.