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Take Care of Our World: Celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd!

Life can be so fast paced that we can forget about the importance of our environment. Be sure to reflect this Earth Day on ways to keep our home safe.

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Earth Day is April 22nd every year and has been celebrated since the 1970s. It is not only celebrated in the United States, but also all over the world. The goal of Earth Day is to encourage environmental protection. We do things everyday that impact our Earth, and this is a day to reflect and fix our bad environmental habits.

So, what can you do? There are some simple things that everyone can do to help the environment.

  • Take a bike to work
  • Plant a tree
  • Plant a garden
  • Pick up litter when you see it

The little things we do everyday can help build a healthier and brighter future for us and the world we live on. Additionally, there are many events taking place on the island to celebrate and educate this Earth Day. So, check them out!

So, check out a local Earth Day events and give back to the Earth that has give so much to us!

What will you do this Earth Day? How do you preserve our Earth? Tell us in the comments below!

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