April 22, 2020 marks the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day which began in 1970 as a unified response to an environment in crisis. The Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Act were created as a result of the first Earth Day in 1970. Since then, similar laws have been enacted throughout the world, countless environmental organizations have been established, and individuals have gained an awareness of the importance of environmental stewardship at the local level.
Because many of this year’s Earth Day celebrations and events have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, it is even more important for individuals to play a roll in “volunteering” for the environment in their own communities. The articles below from Penn State Extension list several ways in which you and your families can contribute to the health of your local watersheds at home or in your neighborhoods.