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Jace Forcelle is a senior at Owatonna High School. Furthermore, this is his second year in Magnet. Independent of Magnet, Forcelle is a student school board representative for the Owatonna School Board...

Ella Highfield is a senior at OHS, and it is her second year on Magnet staff. Outside of school she dances for Just For Kix dance studio. She is also involved in YoungLife, DECA, Link Crew, SHOC and Thriving...

Afton Torabpour is a junior at the Owatonna High School and this is her first year being a part of OHS Magnet. She's a OHS Girls Swim and Dive captain, she is also involved in Track, DECA, Big Brother...

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Ethan Armstrong is a senior at Owatonna High School. He participates in baseball, football, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the musical and Concert Choir. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends,...

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Joanna Haggerty is a junior this year at OHS. This year she is an active member of the OHS community. She is involved in DECA, Students for Life Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Girls tennis and is a new...

Ella Highfield is a senior at OHS, and it is her second year on Magnet staff. Outside of school she dances for Just For Kix dance studio. She is also involved in YoungLife, DECA, Link Crew, SHOC and Thriving...

Celebrate Earth Day on April 22

Earth Day activity guide
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Designed by Norah Sletten
Celebrate Earth Day on April 22 by helping to protect the environment.

Annually, Earth Day is celebrated on April 22. This day is dedicated to promoting environmental protection. Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970, but its roots date back to 1960 when pollution became a growing concern. Every year, Earth Day has a theme. In an effort to demand a 60% decrease in plastic production by 2040, this year’s Earth Day theme is “Planet vs. Plastic.” 

To celebrate Earth Day, individuals can engage in a number of environmentally friendly activities. From cleaning up plastic around the community to educating oneself about the changing environment, keep reading to learn more about ways to commemorate Earth Day. 

CLEAN UP PLASTIC

A simple way to connect with the Earth is by cleaning up around the community. This can be done by going on a walk around the neighborhood with a trash bag and reusable gloves. Trash and plastic can be found in numerous areas around the community, especially in nearby ditches or drainage areas. 

VISIT A LOCAL PARK

Spending time outside has plenty of benefits on one’s mental health. According to the American Psychological Association, exposure to nature improves memory, lowers stress levels and lengthens one’s attention span. Owatonna has an array of green areas perfect for celebrating Earth Day: Mineral Springs, Central Park, Manthey Park, Leo Rudolph Nature Reserve, etc. 

DONATE OLD CLOTHES

Today, fast fashion has become increasingly popular. While the clothes are produced cheaply, the manufacturing process has harmful effects on the environment. Donating gently used clothes reduces the amount of waste in one’s closet, while also providing a sustainable option for those shopping for new clothes. 

Second-hand shopping has become more popular among teens at OHS. Sophomore Boldin Krause said, “I love thrifting because the clothes are more unique and it is more environmentally friendly.”

REDUCE WATER USAGE

Across the world, communities are facing droughts and water scarcity. There are multiple ways to reduce one’s daily water usage. This includes shortening shower time, turning off the faucet while brushing one’s teeth and assuring that no faucets have leaks or drips. While this is a great way to celebrate Earth Day, it is also a simple practice to make one’s daily routine more environmentally friendly. 

EDUCATE ONESELF ON ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGES

It can be easy to become too focused on one’s own issues, especially as a busy teenager. However, it is important to recognize problems in society and it can be quite easy to do so. To learn more about the environment and the problems it is facing, visit earthday.org

About the Contributor
Norah Sletten
Norah Sletten, Editor
Norah Sletten is a senior at OHS and this is her third year on OHS Magnet staff. Sletten joined Magnet because she has an interest in journalism. Alongside being a part of OHS Magnet, Sletten is involved in Owatonna Girls Cross Country, Rotary Club and Drama Club. Outside of school, she is a part of the Youth Oriented Leadership Organization (YOLO), a mental health and anti-tobacco advocacy group in Steele County. Sletten enjoys listening to music, hanging out with friends and working as a barista at Hyvee Starbucks. In her future, she hopes to attend Carleton College and major in Cinema and Media Studies.