Today is the traditional Earth Day celebration that started over three decades ago. I was struck by a few statements in the history on the official website, http://www.earthday.org.
- First, it was a national movement supported by Republicans and Democrats
- Massive numbers of supporters came out including college students: 20 million people took time from their daily lives and protested in favor of the environment
- Resulting legislation was Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts which has served the country well.
My wish today is for each of us to renew our commitment to the planet and supporting efforts to maintain protective legislation. Remember the spirit of the first Earth Day and forget party politics and help our legislators do what is right for the earth. We all live here and need quality water, air and soil to survive.
The local chapter of the Sierra Club blog is a good resource for pending legislation and suggestion supporting action. Take a few moments, read what policies are on the chopping block and contact your local representative. Most times the alerts include easy to respond email or link you to the page to find your rep.
Enjoy the day, the spring weather coming this weekend, celebrate the earth and commit to making your actions in your personal life count!
Look for a special offer for home energy audits!!!!! My commitment is to help make homes more energy efficient.
“The idea came to Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. Inspired by the student anti-war movement, he realized that if he could infuse that energy with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution, it would force environmental protection onto the national political agenda. Senator Nelson announced the idea for a “national teach-in on the environment” to the national media; persuaded Pete McCloskey, a conservation-minded Republican Congressman, to serve as his co-chair; and recruited Denis Hayes as national coordinator. Hayes built a national staff of 85 to promote events across the land.
As a result, on the 22nd of April, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment. Groups that had been fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways, the loss of wilderness, and the extinction of wildlife suddenly realized they shared common values.
Earth Day 1970 achieved a rare political alignment, enlisting support from Republicans and Democrats, rich and poor, city slickers and farmers, tycoons and labor leaders. The first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency 2and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts. “It was a gamble,” Gaylord recalled, “but it worked.” (from the History of Earth Day)
PLAN AHEAD — See Ed Begley in May at the National Solar Energy Conference
Keynote Speaker: Ed Begley, Jr. 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Public Day presentations will cover three themes:
- Green Careers
- Greening Your Home or Business
- Understanding Renewable Energy Technology, Policies and Incentives
Presentations are free to everyone who has purchased a conference pass (just $5 on Saturday).