The American Nurses Association (ANA) encourages all registered nurses to observe Earth Day on Friday, April 22! Founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970 to encourage pollution reduction and earth preservation, Earth Day has become a symbolic day to remember our environmental stewardship responsibilities to our planet.
This year’s Earth Day theme is “A Billion Acts of Green.” Nurses have an obligation to seek sustainable and environmentally-friendly practices and products for use in health care to preserve human and environmental health. ANA’s Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (COEH) reminds nurses to think “green” by reusing, reducing, and recycling, when possible. Furthermore, COEH recommends utilizing ANA’s Green Meeting Guide, observing the Principles of a Healthy, Sustainable Food System, consulting ANA’s Principles of Environmental Health for Nursing Practice with Implementation Strategies and visiting COEH’s website for more environmental health information. For information about Earth Day celebrations, visit the Earth Day Network.