The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970 to
provide a day that took homage to the Earth and all of the environmental
challenges it faces. This was a one-time event and was celebrated by
millions around the country. The second Earth day was not celebrated
until twenty years later, in 1990. The day is not an official
federal holiday, but is still celebrated each year on that date.
There is also an International Earth Day that is celebrated on March 20th
of each year.
Earth Day History and
Arbor Day (About.com): Information about the history of Arbor Day and
Earth Day (Earthsite.org):
Information, history and facts about International Earth day and its
Day Network (official):
Worldwide coordinator of International Earth Day events. Also includes
many related links and resources.
Day (Wilderness Society):
Information & facts about the holiday.
Amazing Earth Facts (Space.com):
Information and Facts about the planet we live on.
Nine Planets (official):
History, information and facts about Earth and the other planets within
our Solar System.
Pictures of our home planet from way up above.
Day (Kids Domain):
Information and fun activities relating to the holiday.
Earth Day is traditionally not a gift
giving holiday. However, if gifts are provided around this holiday,
the theme of trees and plants should be considered.
If the gift recipient is a gardener, what would be more appropriate than
purchasing something with a flower or plant motif. It could be a
vase, bowl or even a picture frame - there is a great amount of items to
choose from. Gardening supplies would also be a nice gift, but some
people are particular as to the tools they use, so you may want to ask
them or someone who know them well before purchasing.
For the conversationalist we would recommend making a donation in the name
of the recipient. You can either donate directly to a conservation
cause/organization, or put the money towards growing a tree in the U.S.
travel destination for this holiday is anywhere there is a lot of trees or
if you cannot go that far, go to a local garden (or Botanical Garden if
possible). Depending on where you go in the U.S., many trees are
beginning to grow their new leaves back after their long winter slumber.
For far away places, how about going somewhere there are rain forests like
South America or Puerto Rico.