Earth, the non-fungible planet we call home, is the least honored with intention, except by a few who comprehend the notion, and is mostly neglected by mankind.
Earth Day, celebrated every year on April 22nd, commemorates the beginning of the contemporary environmental movement in 1970. Senator Gaylord Nelson, a junior senator, was the driving force behind the inaugural Earth Day, which was inspired by the student anti-war movement and began with a teach-in on college campuses. Thousands of colleges and universities held protests against environmental degradation, while cities, towns, and villages around the country held large marches. Earth Day 1970 gave voice to this growing environmental consciousness and brought environmental issues to the forefront of public discussion, something we desperately and loudly require in the twenty-first century.
Earth Day Back in Time
The creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of other first-of-their-kind environmental laws, such as the National Environmental Education Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and the Clean Air Act, resulted from Earth Day’s unification of people who shared common values in natural resource management. The Clean Water Act was approved by Congress two years later. The Endangered Species Act was approved a year later, followed by the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act. These rules have saved the lives of millions of men, women, and children, as well as hundreds of species from extinction.
When environmental activists approached Hayes in 1990 to organize another big campaign for the world, Earth Day became a global phenomenon. This time, it went worldwide, mobilizing 200 million people in 141 nations and bringing environmental problems to the forefront of global debate. Earth Day 1990 provided a significant boost to recycling activities throughout the world, paving the stage for the 1992 United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.
Earth day today
Every year, over a billion people, commemorate Earth Day as a day of action to improve human behavior and generate global, national, and local policy reforms. The question is how successful and efficient these policies are, how much progress have we made, and how we will look back in the next decades. The social and cultural circumstances that existed in 1970 are now again on the rise, and we need that influential voice to return.
In commemorating Earth Day, I went back in time and discovered that today’s residents have all they need to deal with the environmental difficulties we face. This is only achievable if everyone accepts personal responsibility for their actions. Businesses and their investments, governments, and individuals, everyone must answer for themselves and be held accountable. A collaboration for the sake of the earth. Every citizen, from the infant to the elderly, should be empowered, each in their own right, with the information, tools, and messages needed to have a positive influence and drive change and keep it green.
Environmental common sense will no longer be common or optional; it will become a critical need that Mother Earth demands.