It’s time to plant some trees, yo. April 22nd is the day we celebrate the Earth by dancing through gardens and raising our hands to the air. It’s also a great reason to work out and feel healthy.
Sure, Earth Day is primarily about planting trees and helping the planet thrive, but it’s also about promoting human health. Being that we are all living organisms on Earth, it’s our duty to make sure we stay as healthy as possible.
Although most events revolve around just planting trees, there is a push to incorporate 5Ks, walks, and other exercises into the mix. Any why not? If we’re truly about advancing the Earth, we should also push to advance a strong fitness agenda for humans.
Earth Day Games
We should invent the “Earth Day Games.” An obstacle course that includes stopping to plant things. For example, you run 1K-stop to plant tree-run another 1K-stop to plant another tree, and so on and so forth. This way we’d be incorporating the best aspects of Earth Day with some basic fitness principles. The day could end with a trip to the zoo to see some soon to be endangered animals. Then we could all go for kale drinks in the name of drinking all-natural substances. But this is all just an idea.
There are currently a bunch of more structured Earth Day events scheduled throughout the United States. Many of them are very local in scope, consisting of small townships or county populations coming together. It’s a nice occasion for people throughout the community to unite for a common reason. Saving the planet isn’t an individual sport. It requires a united effort and persistence from a variety of folks, working together to accomplish productive things.
The day was proposed back in 1969 at a UNESCO Conference in San Francisco. Peace Activist John McConnell introduced the idea and it would be celebrated for the first time the following year. Eventually, U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson would officially found the day on April 22nd. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his work.
Earth Day events take place in various forms and by different groups of people. Some commemorate the occasion by scaling mountains, others merely plant wildflowers. However you choose to celebrate the day, try to keep things in perspective. It’s about more than saving the planet, it’s about coming together as communities and socializing with one another.
— Sarah Michelle (@SarahMGellar) April 21, 2017