Earth Day is Sunday, April 22nd, and it is an important date to show appreciation for the Earth and bring awareness to environmental protection. There is an Earth Day Network which has coordinated many events all over the world in observation of this environmental day. In Tahoe, one of the ways we show our appreciation for the Earth is by having an annual Earth Day festival in Squaw Valley. This year, the festival is April 21st from 11am to 5pm. Not only is there an organized celebration devoted to admiring the beauty of Tahoe and our Earth, but there are even closer ways to help observe Earth Day. At our school, North Tahoe High School, the Envirolution Club is trying to enact a ban against straws. Straws are an item people use for about 20 minutes, but the plastic will exist on this Earth forever and it will end up in nature, harming the environment. There are so many small ways to make a big impact on this Earth and make the environment a better place, Earth Day is here to remind all of us of that and to renew our devotion to our planet. So in the spirit of Earth Day, go outside and help the Earth in any way you see fit from attending a festival in celebration to choosing not to use a straw.