Virtual Earth Day 2021
Welcome to the City of South Gate's 2021 Virtual Earth Day Celebration. Earth day is April 22, 2021. Please utilize this page as a resource to learn, find facts, trends, tips, and ideas on creating an environmentally sustainable future.
In the decades leading up to the first Earth Day, Americans were consuming vast amounts of leaded gas through massive and inefficient automobiles. Industry belched out smoke and sludge with little fear of the consequences from either the law or bad press. Air pollution was commonly accepted as the smell of prosperity. Until this point, mainstream America remained largely oblivious to environmental concerns and how a polluted environment threatens human health.
Earth Day 1970 would come to provide a voice to this emerging environmental consciousness, and putting environmental concerns on the front page. (Earthday.com/history)
http://earthweek1970.org - Original broadcast of CBS News Special Report with Walter Cronkite about the first Earth Day, 1970. Also known as Earth Week 1970.
REDUCE, REUSE, & RECYCLE | Cut down on what you throw away. Follow the three "R's" to conserve natural resources and landfill space.
VOLUNTEER | Volunteer for cleanups in your community. You can get involved in protecting your watershed, too.
EDUCATE | When you further your own education, you can help others understand the importance and value of our natural resources.
CONSERVE WATER | The less water you use, the less runoff and wastewater that eventually end up in the ocean.
CHOOSE SUSTAINABLE | Learn how to make smart seafood choices at www.fishwatch.gov.
SHOP WISELY | Buy less plastic and bring a reusable shopping bag.
UTILIZE LONG-LASTING LIGHT BULBS | Energy-efficient light bulbs reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Also, flip the light switch off when you leave the room!
PLANT A TREE | Trees provide food and oxygen. They help save energy, clean the air, and help combat climate change.
DON'T SEND CHEMICALS INTO OUR WATERWAYS | Choose non-toxic chemicals in the home and office.
BIKE MORE | Drive less.
It’s simple. Sir David Attenborough explains how humans can take charge of our future and save our planet.
What is Our Planet?
A Netflix original documentary series and groundbreaking collaboration between WWF, Netflix and Silverback Films, Our Planet showcases the world's natural wonders, iconic species and wildlife spectacles that still remain. We're all a part of this amazing planet, but we're changing it like never before. Discover the story of the one place we all call home.
Watch Our Planet on Netflix: https://www.netflix.com/ourplanet
Growing a vegetable garden is a great way to bring fresh, nutritious veggies to your table. Knowing where your food came from is just one benefit of home vegetable gardening. You’ll also save money by buying less from the grocery store. If you have kids, vegetable gardening is a fun way to get the whole family out in the fresh air and sunshine.
It's easy to learn how to start a vegetable garden. You'll need a sunny garden spot, some plants and a few simple tools and materials.
Bee populations around the world are declining, with many species of bees becoming endangered and in some cases extinct faster than ever before. Humans and bee survival is intertwined. Without bees, we risk doing significant damage to ourselves and our world’s ecosystems.
Humans, plants and animals depend on bees to sustain life. As bee populations decline, the risk that we will lose important processes that bees help to facilitate increases.
Bees are suffering from several threats — disease, climate change and habitat loss are among many more. It is important to focus efforts on the conservation of our bees so that humans as well as many other plant and animal species around the world are able to maintain healthy, sustainable lives.
Bees are some of the world’s most important pollinators that support our food system and our economy. We rely so much on these pollinators that apiarists, or beekeepers, travel around the country with beehives to pollinate crops! Bee pollination is so important that if we lost them, it would dramatically alter what foods are available to us, changing our diets and threatening access to nutritional food.
Honeybees alone are one of the world’s most important pollinators. Just in the United States, they are responsible for $15 billion worth of food crops consumed and sold
Generally, we rely on pollination from various insect and animal species so heavily that the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations determined pollination supports the production of crops estimated to be valued between US$235 and US$577 billion a year globally. (https://www.earthday.org/bee-conservation-toolkit/#important)
Paper Plate Weaving Class
Paper plate weaving is a fantastic fine motor challenge. With Earth Day right around the corner, this simple paper plate weaving craft activity is a fun way to spark discussion with your students about stewardship of the earth while encouraging creativity!
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Fairy Gardens Build Imagination
The imaginative play holds an enormous place in the lives of toddlers and preschoolers, and it seemed like a great idea to bring dollhouse-style play outdoors. For today, we had fun designing and building the garden (a worthy goal in and of itself), and my long-term hope is that my daughter and her friends will find themselves immersed in the magical miniature garden for countless hours of play.
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Los Angeles County | Resources
Find a list of programs that have been specifically designed for residents. Please visit each of the program's websites and learn how you can help save the planet. * Some programs may only be applicable to residents of the unincorporated areas of LA County.