One of the most important holidays on Earth happens today! Join in—cleaning up the environment, recycling and reusing products, buying products made of recycled materials, learning and caring about ecology! Check out last year's post for more...
One part of caring for Mother Earth is growing—and allowing to grow—plants. Another important Earth Day concern is energy, including electrical energy from batteries. So it's fitting that today is the birthday of Gaston Plante, the guy who created the first rechargeable electric battery that was marketed for commercial use.
(Plante was born in 1834, in France.)
Did you know...?
- Rechargeable batteries have 32 times less impact on the environment than ordinary batteries.
- Everybody should dispose of batteries safely—and that means taking them to a proper recycling or disposal site, NOT tossing them into the trash!
- Green batteries are on the horizon—scientists have created special viruses that can generate electrical energy without any toxic materials! (Note that the viruses are completely harmless to humans.)