After being witness to the California oil spill of the late 1960’s, Senator Gaylord Nelson, recognized a immediate need for increasing public awareness about protecting our environment, starting with air and water conditions…better known as “pollution.” His belief was that we needed, as a nation to be taught about the environment, and the ways in which we could protect it for generations to come. The repercussions resulted in a national day of awareness known as Earth Day. On the 22nd of April, 1970, streets and parks across the country were jam packed with environmentalists, rallying for the common good: to create a sustainable environment through shared awareness.
Today, some forty five years later, we have seen monumental changes due to Earth Day awareness like the formation of the U.S. EPA, as well as the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Air and Clean Water Act. As one of record, Earth Day has become the largest global force supported by more people than any other traditional non-holiday.
So, what can you do this Earth Day? Create awareness…get involved in your local recycling program…be more cognizant of your use or overuse of water…volunteer to pick up rubbish alongside your local roadway…anything that involves protecting the environment!