Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day!

The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970, to increase environmental awareness in America. Perhaps when the Cuyahoga River caught fire due to an oil spill and chemical pollution in June of 1969, it was time for action.

Marches and teach-ins were held in Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles and other major cities. United Auto Workers were financial supporters. Walt Kelly designed posters with his comic-strip character, Pogo, and the now-famous quote–“We have met the enemy, and he is us.”

In July of 1970, the Environmental Protection Agency was established by special executive order to regulate and enforce national pollution legislation.

Earth Day also led to the the passage of the Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts, which themselves became endangered under the Trump administration.

Earth Day is now a global event, celebrated all over the world on April 22. Earth Day still calls attention to our built and natural environment, as well as the changing climate that is affecting us all.

On a personal note, Earth Day 2021 was the day I got my second Moderna vaccine. It was in many ways a day of hope, and gratitude. How much we can accomplish when we work together as a community! When we work for the common good.

Sadly, that has not proved to be the case with the vaccines and wearing masks. Selfishness and money interests have prevailed, at least for now.

Earth Day, 2022—The virus is still mutating, and not going away, even though people wish it would. There is a war going on in Ukraine. There are economic impacts here and abroad. There are more people seeking refuge from war and weather disasters. The recent UN climate report has dire warnings. Yes, there is a lot of work to do. This is no time for complacency, or despair.

The theme for Earth Day 2022 is Invest in Our Planet–you can find out more about it here. I hope it inspires you, too.

Here’s another way to honor our place in the cosmos and our home on this planet earth. You can read more about it here, thanks to EarthSky. There will be a conjunction of Saturn, Mars, Venus and Jupiter this week. They can be seen together in the East, a line in the predawn sky.

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  • A great piece on such a critical issue. Thanks, WG.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Thank you, AW!

  • Well done indeed. Thank you for calling attention to the day. I should remind my sister, who has an Earth Day birthday.

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    Thank you!

  • The message of Earth Day is taking a beating this year. Higher gasoline prices and Russian threats to European natural gas supplies are leading to plans to dramatically expand oil and gas production in the U.S. and elsewhere.

  • You are so right, jnorto! But we know that is not sustainable for the future. Yes, these are difficult and challenging times. Thank you so much for reading!

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