Thursday, April 22, 2010

EARTH DAY 2010



How the First Earth Day Came About
By Senator Gaylord Nelson, Founder of Earth Day

What was the purpose of Earth Day? How did it start? These are the questions I am most frequently asked.

Actually, the idea for Earth Day evolved over a period of seven years starting in 1962. For several years, it had been troubling me that the state of our environment was simply a non-issue in the politics of the country. Finally, in November 1962, an idea occurred to me that was, I thought, a virtual cinch to put the environment into the political "limelight" once and for all. The idea was to persuade President Kennedy to give visibility to this issue by going on a national conservation tour. I flew to Washington to discuss the proposal with Attorney General Robert Kennedy, who liked the idea. So did the President. The President began his five-day, eleven-state conservation tour in September 1963. For many reasons the tour did not succeed in putting the issue onto the national political agenda. However, it was the germ of the idea that ultimately flowered into Earth Day. To read more you can go HERE!



". . . on April 22, 1970, Earth Day was held, one of the most
remarkable happenings in the history of democracy. . . "


13 comments:

Brandy said...

happy earth day.

Jen said...

I like that more and more people are participating and learning they can help a lot just by doing small things...such as bringing your own bag to the gorcery store.

Andrea said...

Happy Earth Day!!

Life is good! said...

yeah for the beautiful earth! happy earth day, Earth.

Kerri said...

have a great earth day!

Cat said...

It is so refreshing to know that preserving our plangent and being more "green" is such a "fashionable" thing today...hopefully this heightened awareness will allow us as a society to make a difference so that future generations have a place to call home.

Happy Earth Day!

Katherine said...

Yay! Earth.

Samantha said...

Thank God for our beautiful Earth he has given us.
Happy Earth day to you dear one !

Heart2Heart said...

Debby,

Great reminder that as stewards of the things God has given us, it is our responsibility to take care of it.

If you get a chance, stop by and participate in some of my giveaways, most of them end this weekend! I'd love to have you join!

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

blueviolet said...

I'm really glad it came to be, but I wish it wasn't so commercialized now! Oh well...even I'm guilty. I have a green giveaway up today. LOL

croleyc69 said...

Happy Earth Day
Caroline

Kirby3131 said...

I had a nice Earth Day, hope you did, too :)

Alexis AKA MOM said...

Yeah Earth Day!! I try to recycle everything I can and use my reusable bags. Cut back on electricity also. All the things that also help me save money :)

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