Earth Day is celebrated in the United States on April 22nd!
Earth Day is celebrated in The United States on April 22nd
Earth Day was conceived in 1969 by Sen. Gaylord Nelson, D-Wisconsin, and his assistant Dennis Hayes, after a trip they took to Santa Barbara following the devastating oil spill off the Southern California coast. According to legend, the men were so outraged by what they saw that upon returning to Washington, D.C., Nelson introduced a bill designating April 22 as a national day to celebrate the Earth. The date was chosen to help commemorate the birth of famed naturalist and conservationist John Muir, who was born on April 21, 1838.
There are others who might have a different recollection of how this day came about, the above version seemed the most plausible to me!
I still remember the inception, better known now as the beginning of this movement. I was in High School and my father would let me drive his 1968 Chevrolet Impala with its V-8 engine on special occasions to school. The year was 1970 and those were the days of Leaded Gas Guzzling Cars; there were no Prius, Volts or Teslas on the road. The example of status consisted having a 351 or bigger engine, the one that guzzled gasoline, burned rubber and polluted the air.
Smoking Marlboros and other brands of cigarettes was cool and clearly a sign of being hip and trendy. The name of the game was ”… it was cool to be polluting the environment…”
In the early 1960’s there were various movements, the music revolution came to the forefront and it became the face for change, the Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin, Jimmy Hendrix and I could go on and on.
In addition to the change in music, there were protests against the Vietnam War and of all things there was this “…Movement about saving the earth…” next thing you know April 22nd 1970 was declared as Earth Day! In those days any self respecting Business Man & seasoned Politician considered this just as a fad that would fade away with time, just as the Flower Children and Hippies would fade away.
Not many realized that this day would become the face of the biggest Environmental Movement in the world and that it would be embraced by most people from all over the world. Who would have thought in 1970 that this day would become main stream and not just trendy? Who would have guessed that this movement would morph into many different directions all leading back to idea of respecting our environment, our natural resources and the need to have a clear focus on protecting the environment?
Today we have Green Buildings, Construction that is better known as Sustainable or Green Construction. Water Conservation in the Showers, the Low Flow Toilets, energy efficient appliances and now days we take many of these home features for granted. Recycling is another spin off of this event. All this exists today, thanks to Earth Day.
Learn more about Earth Day check out this link http://www.earthday.org/
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