Every year on April 22nd millions of people come together to celebrate Earth Day.
It’s a special day to appreciate this beautiful planet we call home. But what is Earth Day and where did it come from?
According to the Earth Day Network, it marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.
It started when Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, saw the damage of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California.
He then was inspired by the student anti-war movement and decided to infuse that energy with an emerging public consciousness about pollution.
Senator Nelson then recruited Denis Hayes from Harvard as the national coordinator who built a national staff of 85 to promote events across the country.
April 22, falling between Spring Break and Final Exams, was selected as the date.
On April 22,1970, about 20 million Americans took to the streets to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies.
The effect of the first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.
Though it started in the United States, Earth Day is now a global movement.
The earth is 4.543 billion years old but it’s only been 46 years since we started to give it a day in our calendars and care about its health.
We still have a long way to go when it comes to the public awareness of our impact on the earth.
Today 150+ world leaders sign the Paris Agreement on this Earth Day 2016 from United Nations Headquarters in New York.
But that’s for the world leaders. How about you? What are some of the best ways to celebrate Earth Day while making a broader awareness?
Here are a few ones to start with:
– Plant a tree.
– Don’t use your car.
– Go for a hike in nature.
– Clean up your neighbourhood park.
– Research and become informed about local environmental issues.
You may think the earth has been around for a long time and if it has survived until now it can survive for the years to come.
But that thinking won’t leave a positive legacy behind for the next generations.
You may also think that the current conditions are the fault of the large oil and gas corporations. But who uses the products of those corporations?
We can’t put gas in our cars, drive around and blame companies like Shell for drilling.
It’s never the issue of supply. Without demand, there would not be supply.
So if you want those large corporations to stop what they are doing you should stop using their products.
We have the power to change this for our children and grandchildren.
Climate change is not something we only care about one day a year. It’s something we can care about on a daily basis.
But it all starts with a small action you can take today.
Let’s start now. And let’s never stop.
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