The celebration of Earth Day is on April 22, and it began in 1970. Since then, it has grown into a global event recognized by over 192 countries. Devoting a special day to helping the earth is a way to demonstrate how much we care about the future of our planet. No matter what you like to do best, there’s a way to get involved in Earth Day. You could spend time in nature to deepen your appreciation still further. You can plant a tree, make a meal with locally-grown vegetables, educate a family member, friend, neighbor, co-worker, or member of your faith community, clean up trash in your neighborhood, set up a bird feeder, reduce your use of electricity, and find other ways to get around that use no or much less fuel. The possibilities are endless. Use Earth Day to appreciate what you and others are already doing and to explore what you may do further today and throughout the coming year to help heal this planet that is our home. Earth Day is a good time to make a commitment to learning more about the environment and how you can help to protect it. Read articles to get up to date on the current issues affecting the environment, like pollution, water shortages, and climate change. Or, learn about a region you’ve never considered before, like the Arctic, the deserts, or the rain forests. Not sure where to start? Check out your local news sources for information about environmental issues in your own backyard.