WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Saturday is Earth Day, which means many of us here in western Massachusetts took time out of this day to give back. 22News is working for you with what Earth Day means, and how people spent the day helping the Earth.
Earth Day started 47 years ago on April 22nd 1970, after people protested the negative impacts of industrial development. Earth Day is celebrated in many different ways around the world. It’s a global event that is used to clean up parks, roadways, and plant trees. But that’s just a couple ideas of how to give back to the Earth.
Many communities here in western Massachusetts used Earth Day to not only give back, but to help educate. West Springfield held their 10th annual Earth Day Fair including many Earth Day activities. There was Earth Day crafts for kids, paper shredding, and information on solar energy.
22News asked a Master Gardener Intern David Marinell, who was giving information on gardening and plants, what Earth Day meant to him. He told 22News, “Earth Day is all about doing what we can to make sure the environment stays suitable for humans over the long term.”
Other activities going on at the fair included a bike swap for kids and adults.
22News asked why Earth Day was the best day to involve this activity. Adam Jabor, at the Colorado Ski Shop, told 22News, “We try to reuse a lot of the bikes people have in town that either the kids don’t use or the parents don’t use, and find people who can’t afford a new bike into something that was pre-owned.”
It’s important to always try to do something good for the Earth year round.