WASHINGTON, April 9, 2009 — The American Chemical Society’s (ACS) observance of Earth Day on April 22 — Chemists Celebrate Earth Day 2009 — will include a wide variety of community activities focusing on the program’s theme, "Air—The Sky’s the Limit.”
This annual event unites ACS local sections, businesses, schools and individuals in communicating the importance of chemistry to the quality of life. The general international Earth Day was created in 1970 to celebrate Earth's life and beauty and to emphasize the need for preserving and renewing the threatened ecological balances upon which all life on this planet depends.
Here are some ways to help protect the environment on Earth Day and throughout the year:
Some things that Chemists Celebrate Earth Day participants will learn about are:
Among the numerous ongoing, environmental-related initiatives of the American Chemical Society is the ACS Green Chemistry Institute (www.acs.org/greenchemistry ), which addresses environmental issues throughout the year. Green chemistry is the design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use and generation of hazardous substances.