Students at V.I.S.A. Charter High in Pacoima show off their artistic inspiration to celebrate Earth Day.

Celebrations for Earth Day are continuing this week and into the weekend.

 Local schools and public agencies held numerous events.

Students at V.I.S.A . Charter High school in Pacoima designed their own T-shirts and wore them on Earth Day, April 22. Environmental science teacher May Penarroyo assigned her tenth grade students to pick one of the “three cores of sustainability” to design their shirt.

“Some of the students picked recycling or water resources as a theme. They also wrote about the production of waste and water,” said Penarroyo, who described her students as “animated and engaged” in the class project, much more than reading from a text.

“The students seemed to enjoy the assignment. It shows their creativity and they had the chance to think about their environment, especially right now when we have an water shortage.

“It becomes an exercise of reflection and they can think about what they can do. The students enjoy the the hands on assignment which allowed them to collaborate and have an exchange,” Penarroyo said.

Metro celebrated Earth Day by promoting alternative transportation and demonstrated the environmental impact of going car-free by dumping 4,800 pounds of recyclable waste. They also unveiled the public transportation’s system first all-electric, zero-emission bus.

“Metro’s ongoing investments in cleantech ensure we’re prepared for the future as our system continues to expand,” said Metro Interim Deputy CEO Stephanie Wiggins. “To serve such a vast area as L.A. County takes a great amount of resources, but we recognize our responsibility to conserve energy, reduce waste and make transportation more sustainable.”

“Earth Day serves as an opportunity for Angelenos to focus on steps we can take to live more sustainability, particularly as we face this historic drought,” said Metro Board Chair and L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti. “I’m proud that Metro is doing its part by reducing its water consumption by 4.3 million gallons a year and encouraging Angelenos to take public transportation with today’s demonstration, reminding us that each one of us plays a key role in preserving our city’s health and longevity.”  

Earth Day is celebrated in over 190 countries by one billion people. Founded in 1970 by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in at colleges across America and organized by Denis Hayes, it led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the passage of the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act.

Commemorate  Earth Day Everyday with  Seven Tips

Give back to the Earth this year with these simple, eco-friendly ideas that can help reduce your impact on the planet

The 45th anniversary of Earth Day was officially held on Wednesday, April 22, however people are becoming more and more conscious of how their actions are impacting the planet each day.

The Waste Management of Southern California is one company that reminded consumers to “reduce, reuse and recycle” offering easy -to-implement ideas to reduce your environmental footprint.

1. Reduce your shower time: California is in the middle of one the worst droughts in recent history and residents of the state have been mandated by Governor Jerry Brown to reduce water consumption by 25 percent in addition to other measures. By doing so, we can ensure that enough water is left over in reservoirs and farms receive enough to grow their crops.

2. Plant a native plant: plants such as cacti or succulents are great at storing water and can survive in drought-like conditions much longer than the average tree or flowering plant.

3. Volunteer at a local clean up: research local community clean ups or start one in your neighborhood.

4. Reduce air pollution and save on fuel costs: walk, ride a bike, carpool or take public transportation whenever possible instead of driving in a car by yourself.

5. Ramp up recycling: if you don’t have a recycling container inside your kitchen, office or classroom, put one in place. Nothing says you care for the Earth like recycling.

6. Get some fresh air: save money and limit emissions by keeping tabs on your thermostat and opening windows instead of using energy-guzzling air conditioning units.

7. Join a movement: reduce, reuse and recycle with others in your community and around the country who are focused on keeping our planet clean and green.