Every year Earth Day falls on April 22,thanks to its founder Gaylord Nelson a then U.S senator from Wisconsin, and marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement of the 70's. Earth day of the 1970's initiated environmental causes and concerns, bringing them to the forefront of society for the first time. The era of the 1970's was a time of gas guzzling big car's (land yacht's) , pollution of air and water going unregulated, while industry ran amuck spilling sewage and toxins without recourse.
Prior to this New day of environmental focus, Writer Marge Carson raised environmental awareness with her groundbreaking book " Silent Spring " in 1962. This unprecedented book was the first time the world took notice of the serious dilemma our earth is in regarding living organisms, the environment and public health. It wasn't until approximately the 1990's and largely in part to a rare political alignment of Republicans and Democrats that Earth Day went global.
Todays Earth Day has unfortunately added many more areas of concern since its original inception, more recent concerns include global warming, cultivating clean energy resources, water conservation, the rapidly declining numbers of our Bee population and so many more areas of environmental decline too long to mention. This is a worrisome prognosis for our fragile Mother Earth that human society as a collective must immediately address.
How can " You" and I help? Become a practicing steward of yours , mine and our planet by consciously committing to conserve water, planting trees, practicing energy conservation, be involved in recycling programs, plant some flowers and give bees a place to pollenate. If the bees die, we die. Don't be a food waster, grow a garden and make compost for your garden. Use only non-toxic products in your home and on your body, use cloth tote bags for ALL your shopping not just groceries, reject those environmentally unfriendly plastic bags. If we all choose to make healthy environmental choices daily, and teach our future generations " conscious" environmental practices, we can give Mother Earth and these precious generations a fighting chance for a healthy planet.
There is power in numbers, and as this environmental consciousness grows the environment can grow, healthy and green just as nature intended.