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Let's Celebrate Earth Day!
April 22, 2015 - Barb Barrett
Today is Earth Day. It was set 45 years ago when we took on a world endeavor to clean up our planet. The goal is to plant a billion trees worldwide. There are events being held all over the world to bring awareness to the threat of climate change and to clean energy by 2050.
The first Earth Day was held in 1970 here in America when 20 million of us launched an environmental movement. We were breathing unbelievable amounts of carbon by driving V8 sedans. My parents were pumping leaded gas into their vehicles back then, and when I was in high school “Silent Spring” by Rachel Carson was mandatory reading. I think this really helped to set the momentum going for a better environment.
After massive oil spills took place in Santa Barbara, California in 1969, a Wisconsin Senator inspired the country to hold rallies coast to coast to fight against pollution and toxic dumping. As a result that first day was on April 22, 1970 when millions of us took up the campaign and put environmental issues on a global stand.
Through the EPA, the Clean Air Act was one of the first legislative acts taken to improve public health. Its passage prevented premature deaths and nearly a million cases of chronic bronchitis were avoided.
Lots has evolved since then, like better drinking water, greener schools and buildings, and even some jobs. To help the cause you can recycle, plant a tree, volunteer to clean a park or building, and support environmental programs.
Just this month a survey was done by WalletHub Media and Pennsylvania ranked 14th as the most eco-friendly state. Vermont had the best and Louisiana the worst. Also there is a petition currently running to tell our legislators to phase out carbon at earthday.org.
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