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Happy Earth Day!! Simple Ways You Can Help Save the Earth

22 Apr 2014, 12:44 pm

Earth is a pretty cool place don’t you think? So why not take care of it… After all, it’s our home!

NASA has a nice list of 10 things you need to know about Earth:

1.) If the sun were as tall as a typical front door, Earth would be the size of a nickel.

2.) Earth is the third planet from the sun at a distance of about 150 million km (93 million miles) or one AU.

3.) One day on Earth takes 24 hours (this is the time it takes the Earth to rotate or spin once). Earth makes a complete orbit around the sun (a year in Earth time) in about 365 days.

4.) Earth is a rocky planet, also known as a terrestrial planet, with a solid and dynamic surface of mountains, valleys, canyons, plains and so much more. What makes Earth different from the other terrestrial planets is that it is also an ocean planet: 70 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered in oceans.

5.) The Earth’s atmosphere is made up of 78 percent nitrogen (N2), 21 percent oxygen (O2) and 1 percent other ingredients — the perfect balance for us to breathe and live. Many planets have atmospheres, but only Earth’s is breathable.

6.) Earth has one moon. Another name for a moon is satellite.

7.) Earth has no rings.

8.) Many orbiting spacecraft study the Earth from above as a whole system and together aid in understanding our home planet.

9.) Earth is the perfect place for life.

10.) Earth’s atmosphere protects us from incoming meteoroids, most of which break up in our atmosphere before they can strike the surface as meteorites.

Read more from NASA.gov HERE:

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Why Celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd?

EarthSky.org has a great article on why we observe Earth Day on April 22nd…

“The first Earth Day – April 22, 1970 – marked the beginning of the modern environmental movement. Approximately 20 million Americans, especially on college campuses, participated in a national teach-in on environmental issues and protests against environmental deterioration on the first Earth Day. It’s hard to imagine it now, but the first Earth Day was a revelation to many, a way not only of raising consciousness about environmental issues but also of bringing together separate groups that had been fighting separately against issues including oil spills, pollutions from factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, the loss of wilderness, air pollution and more. Since then, Earth Day is always celebrated on April 22. But why April 22?

Bottom line: Why do we celebrate Earth Day on April 22? The date stems from an earlier observance, Arbor Day. And the date of Arbor Day was set due to the birthday of J. Sterling Morton, a Nebraska pioneer and journalist, who launched the first Arbor Day in 1872.”

Read more from EarthSky.org HERE:

(Image courtesy: www.arborday.org)
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Simple Things You Can do to Save the Planet

The EPA.gov has a nice list of ways you can help save the planet in your everyday life. See more below:

See more from EPA.gov HERE:

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Thanks again for checking in and have a great rest of your week! Don’t forget to check me out on Twitter @TNelsonWNTV

WNTV TODD NELSON

 

 

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