The Importance of Earth Day
We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children, Native American proverb
We all must act now to accelerate solutions to combat our greatest threat, climate change, and all governments, citizens, and businesses do their part.
Our planet is vulnerable and the only one we have that supports life, and we exist because earth exists, so time is of the essence to save our world.
It starts with YOU.
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 their 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.
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 participated 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, recycle, conserve water, use long-lasting light bulbs, educate our children. The official site for Eart Day Organization is https://www.earthday.org.
The UN warned us in 2018 that we have 12 years to avoid catastrophic climate change. It is essential 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! We all must keep a healthy planet, and it's not an option but a necessity.
What Can We Do?
There are countless ways each of us can support to support and protect our earth. Here are some of the ways:
- Support eco-conscious brands and products
- Reuse, reduce, and recycle
- Volunteer for local clean-up in tour community
- Educate everyone you can
- Conserve water
- Choose sustainable products
- Use long-lasting light bulbs
- Plant trees
- Spread awareness through social media
The brands in the picture above are all 100% dedicated to the planet by using biodegradable products and donating to environmental groups.
Everything they do even includes using soy ink, non-toxic chemicals, and toxins. In landfills are 300 million old shoes that take years to decompose. Native Shoes gives old shoes a new life by recycling them into playground flooring and insulation. In addition, they use 100% biodegradable materials for watch bands, air pod cases, and even sunglasses.
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.