Earth Day: What is it?
If you scroll through the main social media platforms today you’ll see that the streams are flooded with content about #EarthDay2015. Thousands of schools and organizations cleaning up lakes and parks, planting trees, educating classrooms on recycling, companies trying to take their offices paperless and it may even last the whole week. But why? Why do we reserve this one day to show that we care about the environment we live in? Because someone cared way before being an environmentalist was cool.
Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson was inspired by the student anti-war movement and driven by the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, CA in 1969. He thought that he could merge the energy and passion that the students had against the war with an emerging public awareness about water and air pollution. As a result, 20 million Americans occupied parks, streets and classrooms with coast-to-coast rallies to exhibit for a cleaner, more sustainable environment. The first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.
Since then we’ve reserved April 22nd of every year as Earth Day where we show our commitment to making this planet a better place to live. But don’t limit yourself to this one day to do something about it. Make it a lifestyle rather than a “holiday” and fight for a clean environment all 365 days of the year.
The battle isn’t over and there are many more threats against our ecosystem. So plant a tree, converse with your congress, recycle more, compost, buy in bulk, install solar and live in a happier world.
Happy Earth Day!!