7 Green Readings to Commemorate Earth Day

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The original Earth Day was an outcry, a protest over the last 150 years of industrialization in the United States. And, of course, the pollution that comes with it.

Born from the idea of ​​Wisconsin senator Gaylord Nelson, and led by a young activist, Denis Hayes, the April 22, 1970 event was all about creating awareness. Through the thousands of students and students protesting on campuses across the country, to the greater involvement of organizations and groups far beyond higher education, Earth Day is gaining traction. The founders claim 20 million people got involved with the first push to send environmental awareness to the forefront.

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Now 32 years later, the mantra of Earth Day—arguably the world’s largest secular celebration—remains focused on cleaning up the environment with the help of global reach. In honor of Earth Day 2022, we’re revisiting seven stories that can help you celebrate the green way.

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Return Your Page to Nature

As you turn on your gas-powered lawnmower and run it across your non-native lawn, think about how you can return your lawn to nature and keep it green in the process—all with less mowing. Experts suggest growing plants adapted to your landscape and working with wildlife instead of controlling them, fostering diversity in your local ecosystem and creating spaces that suit your environment.

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2

How to Grow Your Own Food

Let your own garden be your nutrition guide. Maybe you want to start small, or maybe you want to turn into a gardening lover; After all, growing your own food connects you with natural processes, inspires new ways of living (and eating), and often bonds you closer to your community (when you give extra gifts to neighbors or those in need).

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3

How and When to Plant Trees

A few decades ago, Earth Day meant planting trees on a school field trip. You can let that inspiration be your guide as you want to create a more original landscape on your own property. Get the ins and outs of the planting process right and what you can expect along the way.

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4

Trees Are The Secret Ingredients for Solid-State Batteries

Okay, so maybe you’re not out there using trees to create battery futures, but you can still learn how it can happen. Scientists from Brown University and the University of Maryland believe they can replace the volatile liquid electrolytes in current lithium-ion batteries with a combination of cellulose and copper derived from trees. That’s a charge for an eco-friendly approach to batteries.

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5

How Tiny Marine Microorganisms Can Kill Your Plastic Fork

If you’re strictly following the Earth Day mantra, plastic forks aren’t your friend. Learn about manufacturing and manufacturing carbon-negative products without contributing to carbon pollution through a study of how one fights plastic forks with new, natural materials that rival the uses and feel of plastic.

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6

Oil-Breathing Dogs Help Humans Find Spills

When our eco-unfriendly world goes wrong, luckily we have dogs to help us. Dogs already sniff out drugs and explosives, so strong scent receptors can help us find crude oil when it spills too. When cleaning up the mess we’ve made, sometimes just finding all the mess is the problem, so find out how dogs can help solve that problem.

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7

This ‘Vegan Spider Silk’ Could Replace Most Single-use Plastics

Okay, so this isn’t really about real spider silk, but researchers from the University of Cambridge believe that a plant-based synthetic polymer that mimics the composition of spider silk—a material actually five times stronger than steel and half as strong as Kevlar—could replace our daily use of plastic.

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