Earth Day, What footprint are you leaving behind?

Every day is an opportunity to make our Earth
a better place to live!

Earth Day, April 22nd is the official day that we recognize environmental issues and the progressive ways we can improve our world.

Globally, all humanity consumes the equivalent of 1.5 planets’ worth of resources to sustain the way we live each year. This means that it takes the planet one and a half years to replenish everything humans consume in one year. The result is a growing deficit of resources that are being depleted drastically!

Recognizing that every person leaves an ecological footprint is the first step to change.

The Ecological Footprint is a resource accounting tool that measures how much biologically productive land and sea is used by a given population or activity, and compares this to how much land and sea is available. Productive land and sea areas support human demands for food, fiber, timber, energy, and space for infrastructure. These areas also absorb the waste products from the human economy. The Ecological Footprint measures the sum of these areas, wherever they physically occur on the planet. The Ecological Footprint is used widely as a management and communication tool by governments, businesses, educational institutions, and non-governmental organizations.

Take the Ecological Footprint quiz to see the impact you are having on the planet!

A great resource is 50 ways to help the planet!


ECU is hosting an Earth Day Expo!  Today, April 8th from 4 p.m.- 6 p.m. in Howell Science Complex on ECU’s East campus. It will have interactive events for people of all ages.  Various ECU researchers and local non-profit organizations will have live animals and plants, fun science activities, natural history story times, and more!

In addition, the public is invited to attend a free, evening lecture at 8 p.m. in the Science and Technology Building, Room C307. Dr. Mary Ruckelshaus, managing director of Natural Capital Project, will discuss “Nature of, by, and for the People.” A reception in the 3rd floor atrium of the Science and Technology Building will follow.

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences  is celebrating Earth Day all month long! Join us for Earth Month every Science Thursday in April from 5 p.m.-9 p.m.  Each Thursday will have a different conservation-related topic.  Come see exhibitors, listen to talks and participate in activities and learn more about ways YOU can make the Earth a better place! Be sure to see the Planet Earth Celebration or the Rainforest Exhibit that opens on April 26th. Visitors can swing like a spider monkey, ride the butterfly zip-line, and discover a rodent that weighs more than 100 pounds and a beetle that can carry more than 850 times its own weight. This new exhibit allows you to explore one of the least-known habitats on Earth in a fully interactive maze, chock full of the sights and sounds of a tropical rainforest.

Participate in an Earth Day Celebration Hike  on Saturday, April 19th at 2:00 p.m. at Goose Creek State Park  in Washington, NC.

A Time For Science will hold its Earth Day event on April 22nd from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. in Grifton, NC.

Have fun at the  Crystal Coast Earth Day Festival!  Join Cape Lookout National Seashore and more than 20 other environmental educators in an Earth Day Celebration for the whole family on Saturday, April 27th from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Get close to marine invertebrates (like whelks and sea stars) with a touch tank, meet rescued wildlife, make coastal crafts, and discover ways you can help protect our environment. This free event is held at Fort Macon State Park in Atlantic Beach, NC.

The City of Durham will hold its annual Earth Day Festival at Durham Central Park on Sunday, April 27th from noon until 5 p.m.