Party Like its Earth Day

Is your unit like mine? Any excuse at all and the whole shift will bring in piles of food from home and voila- it’s a party! On big days we have breakfast, lunch AND snacks covered! Well, why not add Earth Day to your list of days to be celebrated?

Earth Day was started in 1970 as a peaceful demonstration for environmental legislation. It became an annual event in 1995 and is officially run by the Earth Day Network, boasting, “More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.”

What do nurses do on earth day?

If you are not working...

  • Join in a community-led activity such as cleaning up a local park or waterway, an electronics recycling drive or tree planting.
  • See if your hospital’s Green Team needs a hand that day- you might surprise yourself and enjoy being at work on your day off, handing out tree seedlings or showing coworkers how to make their own kitchen composters!

If you are working, take a few minutes before work or during lunch just to go outside. Breathe in the fresh air, feel the warmth of the sun and hear the birds’ morning song, and be grateful.

The earth gives us what we need for life and health. It’s only natural nurses should go right to the source for good health and want to protect and nurture it. It’s what we do! Let me hear from you- what do you have planned for Earth Day?! Don’t forget the cake!

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