Earth Day celebrations began 40 years ago on April 22, 1970 to make people aware of pollution and other environmental problems that are harming the Earth. Small choices that people make every day contribute to the health or cause harm to the planet. When you think about it, every day should be Earth Day!
Many kids are finding ways to help the environment. Two committed kids on different continents have started websites to help kids around the world understand the issues and give solutions to some of the problems facing the planet.
Fifteen-year-old Alec (right, and with friends above) started Kids vs. Global Warming after he saw former Vice President Al Gore’s film, An Inconvenient Truth. Alec’s website explains the issue of global warming so kids can understand the causes, but he also offers solutions in his iMatter area of his site. He is planning a million kid march next year to bring attention to the issue, and he also has an iPod/iPhone application to connect kids and their projects around the world.
Parrys Raines (not pictured)
Parrys, a 14-year-old Australian girl, became interested in the environment when she was six years old. She loves to be outdoors. She calls herself Climate Girl, because she is worried about how the changes in the Earth’s climate will affect her future and the future of the planet. She uses her website climategirl.com.au to communicate the issues to other kids. Learn about what you can do with these tips from Parrys!