Happy Earth Day!
Last updated: Saturday April 24th, 2021
Happy Earth Day Everyone!
Today is the day to appreciate the Earth and its wonders! The world has given so much to us, and today is the day to give back.
Some ways you can celebrate
If you'd like to celebrate Earth's special day, there are a few key ways you should.
Some small ways you could help are:
- Pick up trash from outside.
- Spread the word of Earth Day and get others to participate.
- Plant a tree
- Explore a natural area you haven't before, like a park.
Or you could just do something as minor as recycle, every small action helps!
Now, this blog isn't just about ways you could help. There is also some interesting history to Earth day that I feel is important for all to know.
Earth day started out as just an idea, the idea of the man Gaylord Nelson, who was a senator of Wisconsin at the time. For a good majority of his career, he had been advocating for changes concerning how the earth was being treated. It didn't catch on until January 1969, when an oil spill caused chaos in the bay of Santa Barbara, California.
This disaster (and tactics used by the Anti-War movements) pushed Nelson to start protests and spread the word that the world, and humans, were being hurt by air and water pollution. He recruited Pete McCloskey and Denis Hayes to help him. They weren't the only ones though. He built a "national staff" to spread the word and promote events.
As soon as Nelson and his team came up with the idea of an Earth Day, it spread like wildfire. Earth Day inspired 20 million Americans (10% of the total population of the USA at the time) to take to the streets and protest the impacts of ~150 years worth of industrial development which had left a legacy of serious health impacts. Other groups of protestors joined Nelson, which gave him the influence he needed to start making changes.
EPA (the Environmental Protection Agency) was created. EPA made new laws and changes that prevented the production and spreading of harmful chemicals into the air and water. Nelson's dreams had come true!
In early 1990, a group of environmental leaders approached Hayes to once again organize a campaign. Instead of just for the US, though, his goal was to go global. They reached 200 million people throughout 141 countries and made serious changes. This, among other things, earned him the Presidential Medal of Freedom!
Earth Day today reached its 51st anniversary, and with such great history, I hope we keep adding to the changes Earth Day has made around the world.
Without Earth Day, life would possibly be much worse than it is currently, and you have Nelson and his crew to thank!
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