Happy Earth Day! We should all take some time out today to come together and do something nice for Mother Nature. We all know the earth is in trouble so if we all take an initiative then we can make a difference, especially in our Capital District. Here are some things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint. 

Earth Day came about in 1970 by the late U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson, who created the day to raise people's awareness and appreciation for our home planet and all that it inhabits. For the first two decades, Earth Day was mainly a focus in just the United States, but in 1990, it went international by environmental activist Denis Hayes. He organized events for the day in 141 nations, and now Earth Day is celebrated in more than 175 countries, and in some countries for nearly a week.

What can you do to help today? Here are some suggestions you and your fellow earth dwellers can get into to help out:

  • Reduce, reuse, RECYCLE!
  • Do NOT Litter
  • Walk, bike, take the bus, or use some other form of public transportation- FYI- CDTA might allow free rides for those who wear green
  • Plant a tree
  • Turn the heat off and load up on sweaters and blankets
  • Pretend like there's a power outage- turn off everything for the day and find other things to occupy your time- Hint- doing other Earth Day tasks
  • Don't use any electrical appliances- let your hair air dry and be in its natural state, don't charge your phone, stay off the computer and put the iPod away
  • Get involved with an Earth Day project, either individually or find one in your community
  • Clean up a heavily trashed park, picnic area or any other outside public place- we all know that the downtown Albany area is in dire need of a huge clean up
Go here for more information on Albany Earth Day activities for the upcoming week.
What have you done for the earth today?
Watch the video below that features the very first Earth Day in 1970: