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In honor of Earth Day

By Erin Marley
On April 25, 2013

 

If you have any sense of wonder or faith in humanity, you would have to agree that Earth Day is an extraordinary event. Earth day was founded in 1970 as a day of education about environmental issues. Earth Day is now a globally celebrated holiday that extends into Earth Week, a full seven days of events focused on green awareness. This year the celebration started on Monday.

Concern for environmental issues were first brought up in the early 1960s by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson. He worried that there was not enough concern directed towards helping our planet. In his conservation efforts, Nelson organized a nationwide grassroots demonstration in the spring of 1970, to further promote conservation involvement and awareness. It began as a “national teach-in on the environment.” Support and interest in the activity was immense. These demonstrations became known as the first official Earth Day.

The first Earth Day helped inspire the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species acts. Each year, April 22 marks the celebration of Earth Day, which is now observed around the world. Earth Day Networks estimates that one billion people from 5,000 organizations in more than 180 countries will participate in Earth Day events during the month of April. These numbers help to make Earth Day the largest secular civic event in the world.

Today, Earth Day is intended to raise raising public awareness about a variety of environmental issues. These issues vary from year to year from air pollution, water pollution, habitat destruction, sustainable energy, climate change, species losses, and environmental policies. But this list of issues is broad and their solutions are complex. For individuals, Earth Day is often best celebrated on a smaller scale by doing something that could help your neighborhood or community.

Earth is our everything, it is our life. Without it we obviously wouldn’t be here. It is so important for the people of this world to help protect our home. As the years continue to pass the amount of pollution and waste begin to increase. Eventually the damages that humans have made will be irreversible.

Earth Day is an occasion to remind ourselves just how far we have come but also how far we still have to go. Today and everyday try to get involved. Do the little things that make a big difference; recycle, buy less Styrofoam, turn off lights, try walking around campus instead of driving. Just because Earth Day was this week doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t do these things year round. This year, think of Earth Day as your wake up call for helping create a better world. We only get one planet; lets try to help make it a clean one!

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