Senator Gaylord Nelson was the founder of Earth Day, first observed on April 22, 1970. The Senator had seen the ravages of oil spills and wanted to force the issue of protecting the environment onto the national agenda. He recruited a like-minded Congressman and a national coordinator to assemble a staff of 85 to promote events to educate the public on the state of our environment and to instigate the creation of grassroots programs and events to mobilize activists to get the word out about the importance of protecting our air, water and land.
In 1971, Dr. Seuss‘s The Lorax was published and brought concept of protecting trees, animals and water from the harmful by-products of industry to the younger generation. The Lorax represents the environment and Once-ler personifies industry. The book chronicles the greed, carelessness and ambition of industry and its destruction of nature which, in turn, will end in the death of industry if nature is not preserved.
In 1990, Earth Day was recognized globally and 200 million people across the world got involved in the environmental campaign to save our earth. Per the Earth Day network, “The fight for a clean environment continues in a climate of increasing urgency, as the ravages of climate change become more manifest every day”.
This April 22nd, do your part to improve our environment…plant a tree, recycle, use less paper, become a proponent of clean energy, walk more-use less gasoline…do something to make your corner of the world a healthier, cleaner place.
What would you suggest folks do to honor the earth this Friday, April 22nd?