April 22, 2013
Founded in 1970 as a day of education about the environment, grassroots movement founder Gaylord Nelson, US Senator from Wisconsin, announced a "national teach-in on the environment." Until that time, protecting the planet's natural resources was not a part of the National political agenda. Factories pumped pollutants into the air, lakes, and rivers with few legal consequences.
The first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and The Endangered Species Acts. According to Nelson, "Earth Day worked because of the spontaneous response at the grassroots level. We had neither the time or resources to organize 20 million demonstrators and the thousands of schools and local communities that participated. That was the remarkable thing about Earth Day, it organized itself."
Please practice the three Rs...Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Future generations will thank you.
Blue Springs South Branch