Join the Movement this Earth Day

Written By: Rebecca Mleziva, Business Development Specialist

Earth Day was first celebrated in the United States on April 22, 1970—49 years ago. But: why and how did this start?

How Environmental Concerns Founded Earth Day

During the late 1960s, mainstream America was holding anti-war marches, singing the Beatles, and watching as the first man walked on the moon. People cruised around in their ‘muscle cars’ without any concern for the negative environmental impact these had. This generation was not troubled with environmental issues—until 1969—when the largest oil spill in history occurred in Santa Barbara, CA, sparking major environmental concerns.

Gaylord Nelson, a former US Senator in Wisconsin, founded Earth Day after witnessing the severe damages from the oil spill—upsetting marine mammals, fish, and birds to damaging beaches, coastlines and islands throughout southern California.

Earth Day LogoSenator Nelson used the anti-war movement ‘energy’ to force air and water pollution topics onto national political agendas. As a result the ‘National Teach-in on the Environment’ was formed and gained national attention, helping to educate and assemble people across America to demand that Congress act on protecting the environment.

In spring of 1970, over 20 million Americans celebrated their love of the Earth by holding rallies in public parks, on streets and in auditoriums nationwide. People from all walks of life organized protests against environmental degradation: oil spills, pollution from power plants and toxic waste from factories. Pollution was not only affecting the environment, but wildlife was going extinct suddenly and the forests were depleting quickly. The first Earth Day was successful in uniting so many different people, with different views, to fight for one cause—our planet.

By the end of 1970, the Environmental Protection Agency was established, consolidating many environmental responsibilities under one agency.

Today, Earth Day is celebrated by more than 1 billion people across 193 countries. It is a day to not only increase awareness of what we all can do to protect our plants, animals and environment, but also to take action.

 

5 Steps to Make a Difference on Earth Day

This Earth Day, join in the movement to make a difference for our planet with these simple activities.

  1. Invest in Reusable Containers
    • Replace plastic bags and single use coffee cups. Not only will this save money in the long run, but it keeps non-degradable plastic out of our landfills.
  2. Keep the Keys on the Counter
    • Instead of driving, use alternative methods of transportation such as walking, biking or public transportation. These are a few good ways we can lower car emissions.
  3. Fix the Leak
    • Maybe it’s the kitchen faucet that drips or the shower handle that leaks. Taking steps to reduce the amount of water we use
      saves energy required to gather, clean,
      and deliver water.
  4. Start Composting
    • Reduce the amount of organic waste that goes into your landfill. Start backyard composting—in a GEOBIN Composter. Deposit your household kitchen scraps, grass clippings, and yard waste in the composter.
  5. Enjoy Nature Around You
    • Whether it is going on a hike or visiting your local park, take some time to look at the world around you, reminding yourself why it is worth saving.

 

 

Earth Day may only last 24 hours, but if we take the time to change just one of our daily habits, imagine the positive long-lasting impact this could have on the world around us.

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