Earth Day’s 50th anniversary celebrated inside due to COVID-19

OAK HILL, WV (WOAY) – Today marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. This year with the COVID-19 crisis, environmental experts share tips on how to participate in Earth Day while staying at home.

“Well, it’s important to save our natural resources not only on Earth Day but throughout the year,” Communication Director Susan Small.

This year’s Earth Day celebration was considered to be meaningful because it marks the 50th anniversary. Now due to COVID-19 many avid lovers for outdoors will have to care for the earth inside their homes.

“You know, stay in the shower a little less time. Turn the water off when you’re brushing your teeth. Defrost food in a bowl of water rather than letting the faucet run on it. There are all kinds of things we do without even thinking about it that waste our natural resources,” said Small.

Susan Small from The Public Service Commission of West Virginia wants to encourage everyone to be mindful of their water consumption and their usage of electricity.

“Saving utilities to protect the earth, which is saving money for your budget. You know the less of our natural resources that we use the less you will be paying for utilities at the end of the month. So, people, do things like turning off the water when they’re brushing their teeth, turning off lights when they leave the room,” said Small.

The PSC website has lists of easy actions you can take to save energy and water on Earth Day and every day. To find those lists, visit the PSC website at

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