April 22nd is the day that each year we celebrate the incredible planet that we live on and pledge to make it a better place.  It's intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's natural environment.  So what are you doing today for the earth?

The actual day started right here in the United States according to Wikipedia.  It was originally just a "teach-in" held by U.S. Senator Gaylor Nelson.  Since then it has spread internationally and is celebrated in 175 countries annually.

What can you do to become more green in your everyday life?  According to Woman's Day Magazine, here's a list of things that you can do everyday to make the world a better place:

  • If you recycle your Sunday newspaper every week, you'll keep four trees alive per year and increase the earth's oxygen
  • If you cut one 20-mile car trip each week by completing errands at once rather than making separate trips, you'll prevent more than 1,200 pounds of greenhouse gas from being emitted and adding to global warming
  • If you recycle a six-pack of aluminum cans every week, you'll save enough energy to power a television for 936 hours
  • If you cut 5 minutes from your daily shower, you'll save up to 9,000 gallons of water

Here are some Earth Day Facts according to The University of North Dakota.