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Earth Day April 22, 2021: Restore Our Earth

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We are all responsible, and today we need to do our part in Restoring the Earth.

Make Every Day Earth Day

Make Every Day Earth Day

Restore Our Earth

Restore Our Earth

It All Began In 1970 with Twenty Million Participants

In 1969, a young grad student from Harvard University, Denis Hayes, snagged a ten-minute interview with Gaylord Nelson about the environmental problems. That interview lasted for two hours and ended with Nelson hiring Hayes to lead and co-ordinate a teaching program about environmental issues.

Hayes jumped on the task, left Harvard, and convinced a few of his colleagues to join him to begin recruiting volunteers to stage demonstrations, hold meetings, and put up posters, etc. During their initial meetings, the group wanted a name that would catch attention. Thus the name Earth Day was officially registered.

Gaylord Nelson has been credited as the Father of Earth Day. Nelson was long concerned about the effects of industrial development that left a devastating effect on human life and ecology. He couldn't understand why no one seemed to care.

Nelson (1916-2005) was a Wisconsin senator from 1949-1959, the Wisconsin governor from 1959-1963, and elected to the U.S. Senate in 1962. he went on to be the leading environmentalist and responsible for landmark laws. It was Nelson's integrity and determination that prompted Congress to act. Nelson was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1995 for his work in the environmental movement.

In 1976, the Wilderness Society was formed, and Nelson was again a leader. The Wilderness Society serves to protect our public lands. Many prominent figures have served, including even notable Ansel Adams.

In 1962, Rachel Carson's book, Silent Spring, enlightening the public about poisons like DDT in our agriculture and environment. People were now taking notice.

Hayes and his volunteer crews were the 'sweat' to get Earth Day to become one of the most polarized secular holiday. Hayes worked diligently, and the very first Earth Day was April 22, 1970, with twenty million participants and countless colleges, schools, and volunteers taking part.

Hayes has been very vocal against Trump, calling him anti-environment, anti-science and, anti-regulatory. He has tried to eliminate over 100 rules, regulations, and laws.

New York Times April 22, 1970 First Earth Day

New York Times April 22, 1970 First Earth Day

Gaylord Nelson Father of Earth Day

Gaylord Nelson Father of Earth Day

Denis Hayes, Head of Earth Day

Denis Hayes, Head of Earth Day

Nelson Quote

Nelson Quote

Nelson Quote

Nelson Quote

Nelson Quote

Nelson Quote

Laws Passed by Congress for the Environment

  • 1970 Environmental Protection Act
  • 1970 Clean Air Act
  • 1972 Federal Insecticide, Fungicide Act
  • 1973 Endangered Species Act
  • 1974 Safe Water Act
  • 1975 Corporate Fuel Act
  • 1975 Hazardous Transportation Act
  • 1976 Toxic Substance Act


Earth Day Goes Global

When Eart Day began in 1970 with twenty million participants, it went GLOBAL in 1990, and one billion individuals participating in 190 countries and 75,000 partners. This movement continues, and each of us can participate by joining Earth Day.org, volunteering in your local community activities. We can do include: plant something, ride a bike, reuseable bags, refillable water bottles, plant a garden. The goal is to reduce, reuse and, recycle, conserve water, use long-lasting light bulbs, educate our children.

The UN warned us in 2018 that we have 12 years to avoid catastrophic climate change. It is important to use solar panels and convert them to electric cars. We can't afford to be blaze about climate control. By 2050 it is believed there will be more plastic than fish in our oceans. How can anyone doubt climate change?

It has been suggested that we consume a credit card's worth of microplastic each week! All of us keep a healthy planet, and it's not an option but a necessity.

Decomposing Chart

Decomposing Chart

Restore Pur Earth

Restore Pur Earth

Comments

fran rooks (author) from Toledo, Ohio on February 04, 2021:

MG, thanks for your visit. I agree it is crucial we all participate in such a cause.

MG Singh from UAE on February 04, 2021:

This is a very important day and it is so nice that you highlighted it.

fran rooks (author) from Toledo, Ohio on February 04, 2021:

Thank you for your visit and comment.

Liz Westwood from UK on February 03, 2021:

This is a fascinating environmental article. It's interesting to trace the origins of Earth Day.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on February 03, 2021:

Thank you for sharing this important article about the Earth day and it’s background. Constant awareness programs, continued reminders are important, for reusing, repurposing, and recycling.

Thank you for sharing.

Rosina S Khan on February 03, 2021:

Thank you, Fran, for this article about Earth Day and bringing us an awareness about climatic change and environmental problems and what we can do to rectify the situation.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on February 03, 2021:

Earth Day is very important. Thank you for the reminder and for sharing details about its background, Fran.

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