Today, Saturday, April 22, 2017 is Earth Day. On this day we all should embrace our environment and take time out to do something for our environment. I’m not referring to the one in a shopping mall, nail salon, or in your bed. I’m referring to Mother Nature. Earth day is a special day too. The founder Gaylord Nelson, who was a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin got the idea after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. That catastrophe brought out many people, mostly students who supported the anti-war movement, he realized that if he could infuse that same energy with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution, it would force environmental protection onto the national political agenda. Senator Nelson announced the idea for a “national teach-in on the environment” to the national media; persuaded Pete McCloskey, a conservation-minded Republican Congressman, to serve as his co-chair; and recruited Denis Hayes from Harvard as national coordinator. Hayes built a national staff of 85 to promote events across the land. April 22, falling between Spring Break and Final Exams, was selected for Earth Day.
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. This is the day we honor our land, sea, and climate. Doing nothing is worst. Look at Earth Day like any other special day like Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and even Christmas. We honor our love ones by doing something special for them. Well, on Earth Day do something special for the earth. Here are some great ideas:
- Take action and donate
- Plant wildflowers
- Start a organic vegetable garden
- Ways to Conserve water
- Recycle ♻️ Zero Waste Programs
- This is my favorite: Eat Less Meat: The meat industry generates nearly one-fifth of the man-made greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. Help make a difference by limiting your meat consumption.
Take action and let’s Celebrate Earth Day!
Care2.com: For Earth Day: RESIST Trump’s Offshore Oil Drilling Agenda petitions
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Earthday.org: This year’s campaign is all about environmental & climate literacy.