Earth Day 2012

Did you know that this Sunday April 22, 2012 was earthday? No? Well maybe thats because I never told you. Well guess what, it is!

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What is Earth Day?

According to EarthDay.org:

Each year, Earth Day — April 22 — marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.

The height of hippie and flower-child culture in the United States, 1970 brought the death of Jimi Hendrix, the last Beatles album, and Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water”. Protest was the order of the day, but saving the planet was not the cause. War raged in Vietnam, and students nationwide increasingly opposed it.

At the time, Americans were slurping leaded gas through massive V8 sedans. Industry belched out smoke and sludge with little fear of legal consequences or bad press. Air pollution was commonly accepted as the smell of prosperity. “Environment” was a word that appeared more often in spelling bees than on the evening news.  Although mainstream America remained oblivious to environmental concerns, the stage had been set for change by the publication of Rachel Carson’s New York Times bestseller Silent Spring in 1962.  The book represented a watershed moment for the modern environmental movement, selling more than 500,000 copies in 24 countries and, up until that moment, more than any other person, Ms. Carson raised public awareness and concern for living organisms, the environment and public health.

Earth Day 1970 capitalized on the emerging consciousness, channeling the energy of the anti-war protest movement and putting environmental concerns front and center

How can I be involved?

There are a few ways you can get involved.

  •  First of all you can go to the Earth Day website type your zipcode in the seach box on the right hand sidebar and see what events are in your area.
  • Secondly you could make a pledge on the Billion Acts of Green page. Many of the pleges are things you might do anyway such as plant a garden (my pledge this year.)
  • Third, just try harder. Maybe you can’t make a BIG change this year, but you could recycle more… or make sure lights are off in room your not in. Simple things like these make a big impact if we are all doing it.

One thought on “Earth Day 2012

  1. I remember celebrating Earth day in the past 🙂 In Japan, we have Midori no Hi, which I guess is the equivalent since it’s a day for being in nature and being thankful for the blessings that nature has given us. It’s celebrated on May 4th. Of course, it’s also a national holiday so people go out and do things at the park 🙂

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