Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Earth Day

     Earth Day began in 1970 to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's environment.  It is celebrated annually by over 175 countries every year.  It was founded by United States Senator (Wisconsin) Gaylord Nelson after an oil spill of the coast of Santa Barbara, California in 1969.  He recruited Denis Hayes as the national coordinator.  And he was also able to get support from Republican Congressman Pete McCloskey who served as his co-chair.  This day has been celebrated every year and support grows stronger. This is a day all people can feel a part of as it is a chance to make a difference in our own way to make the Earth a safer, happier place to live.  We still face the same problems (as we have experienced the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico most recently, as well as the radiation leaking from the Japan nuclear disaster) and we still have the same desires to keep the Earth a safe place for generations to come.  It's a similar to a birthday celebration for our planet.  Happy Earth Day!

    I'm attaching an interesting news clip from 1970 which shows the first Earth Day celebrations (demonstrations as they were called in 1970) and some interesting historical footage.  I hope everyone has a wonderful Earth Day April 22 that carries over to every other day as well. 

Note you can mute my blog music on the lower right hand side before watching the video.

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