Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day! This is one of my favorite days of the year because it holds so much hope. Reading about all the festivities around the country is so encouraging and exciting.  I love seeing the energy and determination people have while working towards a common goal. People do care!

A History

Earth Day was started in the middle of the hippie era in 1970. The idea was originally proposed by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson from Wisconsin after witnessing the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. Senator Nelson was inspired by the anti-war movement and wanted to catapult environmental policy into the national political agenda.

As a result, on the 22nd of April, 1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. Earth Day in 1970 achieved a rare political alignment: it united people of both political parties, rich and poor, urban and suburban, tycoon and labor leaders.  Its success led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of 3 major environmental acts. As the 20-year anniversary approached in 1990, Earth Day went global, involving over 200 million people in 141 countries and lifting environmental issues onto the world stage. The momentum hasn’t stopped since.

Take Action

One of my favorite resources, Earth Day Network, always offers ways to get involved with with our environment on Earth day and continue throughout the year. They have  five ways to take action online today and be a part of the solution:

  1. Billion Acts of Green – Take part in the largest environmental service project on the planet and be rewarded.  Pledge an Act of Green today to be entered into our Billion Acts of Green Sweepstakes.
  2. Campaign For Communities – Campaign for Communities, previously known as Global Day of Conversation, is a platform for leaders across the globe to engage their communities in discussing the challenges and opportunities related to sustainability.
  3. MobilizeU – Earth Day University presents MobilizeU: an international movement of concerned and active college students competing and mobilizing their campuses around acts of green throughout the month surrounding Earth Day 2012.
  4. Reading for the Earth – Do you want to learn more about Earth Day, going green, and what you can do to help the Earth? Find out where you can read more for the Earth.
  5. Know Green – Are you a teacher or a school administrator? Earth Day offers curricula, literary resources, and plans to make your school more green.

I am now off to the EarthFest 2012 at the Cleveland Metropark Zoo. I am spending the morning volunteering, walking 6-miles for the “Walk for the Earth” fundraiser with the hubby then enjoying the Fest and the zoo for the day. If you are looking for a way to celebrate and learn more, join in the festivities from 10am-5pm today. Here are the details of today’s event >>

Live green, love green.
Katherine

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