On Thursday of this week, we will celebrate Earth Day. This event was first organized back in 1970 to raise awareness of the deteriorating environment in the United States. In 1990, Earth Day went global, involving millions of people and over 100 countries. Today, Earth Day has become the largest secular observance in the world (EarthDay.org).
Why is it important for us to be concerned about environmental health? We are in constant interaction with the environment and these interactions can affect our quality of health. The levels of air pollution, cleanliness of our drinking water, the safety of our food, preservation of wildlife and land affect us either directly or indirectly.
Healthy People 2020's goal is to promote health to all through a healthy environment, stating that it is central to increasing quality of life and years of healthy life (Healthy People 2020).
Cache Valley is a beautiful place to live. Involving ourselves in the health of our environment here in the valley will help it stay beautiful and enjoyable for generations to come.
There are many ways in which we can be involved in celebrating Earth Day, small ways that take only ourselves.