Celebrating Earth Day 2024

By: Grace Dumas, KINY

Photo Taken from US Embassy Canada

Juneau, Alaska (KINY) – April 22 marks the 54th anniversary of what has now become a worldwide celebration to advocate for environmental protection and sustainability.

In Cities across the globe citizens are participating in tree planting, City wide clean-ups and recycling drives to showcase the power of grassroots action in combating environmental degradation.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has some suggestions on how individuals can celebrate earth day and make a positive impact on the environment.

Reduce Reuse and Recycle

Earth day is the perfect time to recommit to the three R’s of sustainability, individuals can minimize waste by opting to use reusable bags, bottles and containers as well as recycling materials such as cardboard, paper and plastic.

Cleanup Campaigns

Community clean-up initiatives are popular Earth Day activities that help remove litter and debris from natural environments.

The city of Juneau will have a community clean-up Saturday April 27 starting at 8:00 am.

This community tradition has been integrated for nearly 100 years, first enacted In 1916 by Mayor B.D. Stewart who announced that “…a cleanup campaign should be inaugurated and that the papers and citizens in general should cooperate in the matter of urging the cleaning up of the entire city.”

Connect With Nature

Finally, Earth Day is recognized as a time to reconnect with the natural world and appreciate its beauty.

Whether it be taking a hike on the many trails throughout Juneau, relaxing on Sandy Beach or picnicking in a local park, spending time outdoors can help foster a deeper connection to the planet.

From small gestures to large scale initiatives, there are countless ways to celebrate Earth Day and make a positive impact on the environment.