With Earth Day approaching on Tuesday, April 22nd, I started to wonder how this day came about. I did some research and discovered that it was created decades before I was born. It was created in 1970 by a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin named Gaylord Nelson in response to the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. He tried to channel the energy being put into the anti-war movement and redirect it toward bringing awareness to air and water pollution. The greatest outcomes of the first Earth Day was the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts. This is a vision that a pioneer and an inspiration of mine, Rachel Carson had in 1962, when she wrote “Silent Spring.”
Today, Earth Day needs to be more than one day of caring for the environment; it needs to be Earth Everyday. Too many people take our resources for granted and believe that we live in a world with unlimited resources. In reality, we need to live more sustainable lives. We need to have a continual consciousness of how our actions will affect our future and the future of our children.