Who started Earth Day?
The first Earth Day, April 22, 1970, was initiated by Gaylord Nelson, who was a U.S. senator from Wisconsin and is sometimes called the “father of Earth Day.” Nelson’s objective was to organize a nationwide public demonstration so large that it would get the attention of politicians and force issues of environmental protection into the legislative forefront. The first Earth Day, coordinated by Harvard Law student Denis Hayes, was celebrated by more than 20 million individuals. That Earth Day is credited with spearheading the modern environmental movement.
Since its inception earth day has come to mean many things in many countries around the world and millions of environmentally minded people make it a point to participate in green activities. Planting trees and other sustainable plant life which greatly reduces carbon from our atmosphere is probably the single largest activity people participate in and to this we would like to add some of our own ideas. Cleaning up trash in your communities and making sure it is delivered to recycling centers as well as taking all of your unwanted and used electronic devices in will ensure that more toxins will not become part of our water tables. Get active in your communities where your voice can be added to others who are demanding that renewable energy systems be utilized for some of the most basic yet most energy dependent systems such as your street lighting be used. Help your own neighborhoods out by organizing your own discussion groups to proactively force change within your state and local governments to bring about really energy change which will also create the jobs your communities and citizens need. Children are probably the single greatest asset we have for the future, so take time to teach them or perhaps just listen to their ideas in making your communities environmentally friendly. This is going to be their world to command one day and they want clean air and water just as much as any other environmentalist and most kids love participating in such community events.
Have you already installed or are planning to install sustainable energy systems to your home or business? Take this day to create a solid plan on how you will go about this if you haven’t! Your best source of information for this is a certified wind or solar installer or installation company which can provide you with all of the documentation and planning in order to get your project under way. Far too often many people look at earth day as a time to reflect on the horrendous events of the past that have greatly damaged our world’s air, water or land. While it is important to remember these events and what caused them, today is actually about doing something proactive and profound in changing our course to protect our planet. The business as usual mindset that permeates our societies worldwide is no longer a viable means of protecting our planet and all life on it and in it. This is going to require every man, woman and child from around the earth in taking personal responsibility for their own piece of it so that collectively we all can make a huge impact on the future. Win or lose it is up to YOU! Choose wisely…