Celebrating 45 Years of Earth Day: How You Can Make a Difference

Every year for the past 45 years, people have come together to celebrate the world’s largest, non-secular event, Earth Day. Each year there is a theme, and this year’s theme is, “It’s Our Turn to Lead,” a very powerful message. Everyone can play a part in Earth Day. Earth Day needs to be a motivator for change, and it’s up to everyone to keep that momentum going for the rest of the year.

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As students, we can all make steps to do more green acts. Things like getting together with a group of friends and volunteering your time to clean up litter, or to plant flowers go a long way to motivating others to do things for our planet. Here at Trident Tech, the campus newspaper group will be giving out small, eco-friendly pots and flower seeds to students to encourage them to see the beauty in nature that we can preserve and take care of.

Earth Day doesn’t have to be huge, sweeping gestures. These gestures are wonderful, but the little things are what are so important, and it is the little things that add up. Use refillable bottles instead of throwing away plastic, or make a concerted effort toward recycling cans and bottles. Carpooling, biking, and using public transportation all not only save you wear and tear on your car and reduce what you are paying to keeping the tank filled, but they also reduce your carbon footprint. Turn off the lights when you don’t need them and unplug chargers to save on electricity. The great part about going green is that it not only helps our planet, but it can save you money.

This Earth Day, think about the things you could do, the little changes you could make. Maybe drag out that water bottle that has been sitting in your cupboard and dust it off, or break out your bike and ride it to class. Make an effort to do this not only on Earth Day, but all year. If we all work together and make a few small changes, we could become those leaders together. It’s our planet, the only one we have, and it’s our turn to lead the way in making changes to go green to protect it.

Levena is pursuing an Associates in Arts degree with a focus in English at Trident Technical College. She highly enjoys the pursuit of knowledge, and loves helping others. Levena loves to meet new people and to see and explore new places. With a love of reading and writing, Levena is aiming for a Masters in English and wants to teach college level English when she finishes college. She has been married to her high school sweetheart, Zachary Lindahl, for five years.