Today is Earth Day and blogger Jill Dennison gifts us with the historical background of the day and the reasons it is critically important that this day and every day of the year be days of awareness and action. Please share.
Today is Earth Day … the 48th anniversary of Earth Day, to be exact. I am always surprised by people who say, “Yeah, so???” Or those who say “What the heck is Earth Day?” So, please bear with me while I explain very briefly.
History – In The Beginning
The concept for Earth Day was conceived in the mind of then-Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. Senator Nelson recruited help from Republican Congressman Pete McCloskey and others, and on April 22,1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment. Groups that had been fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways, the…
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