Do you celebrate Earth Day? It is on April 22. Earth Day is one of our newest holidays, started by Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970.
When the heavily polluted Cuyahoga River caught fire in 1969, the photographs caught the attention of the whole nation. People were shocked. The environmental movement grew rapidly, and Earth Day was born.
The Environmental Protection Agency was created in December of 1970 and laws regulating pollution were created.
Grassroot efforts and laws regulating pollution of our rivers have cleaned up the Cuyahoga and other rivers, and wildlife has returned. We now have far more awareness of our impact on our environment, and the need to protect it.
How do you celebrate Earth Day? You could plant a tree, evaluate your energy usage, join a community garden, or just get out and enjoy nature. For a fun and simple activity with children, try planting a bean and watch it grow.
For more ideas, attend the EarthFair in Balboa Park on April 24. SDCL will have a booth – stop by and say hello!