Did you realize that Earth Day turned 40 this year in April? Here at Action Plumbing & Air Earth Day is still altering our perspective about the world in which we live. In 1969, two momentous events changed our view of the earth dramatically: man set foot on the moon for the first time and Earth Day was formed. Think about that for a minute.
Today, we look back at that time in the history and we remember that before Earth Day became a global celebration, it began as a grassroots demonstration in Wisconsin. Yep, right here in our state. Frustrated by the government’s lack of concern for the environment, U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson came up with the idea of a grassroots college demonstration called Earth Day to bring the environmental issue to the White House’s attention. And the rest is history.
Much to Nelson’s and the government’s surprise, over 20 million Americans came together on April 22nd, 1970, the first Earth Day, to voice their unanimous concern for the environment. “That is the remarkable thing about Earth Day. It organized itself,” said Nelson, who admitted he had little resources to organize such an enormous gathering. Earth Day happened as a result of the determination of millions of eco-conscious Americans. Is there still that obvious need for us to be concerned about what our part is as a people here on this earth? Most Americans would agree.
Before 1970, the environment was considered a pretty low priority item for the government and the public. While ecology conservation was discussed, and accepted, virtually no one paid attention to industrial pollution. After Earth Day, public opinion polls changed dramatically, with 25% of the public declaring protecting the environment is an important goal, a 2500% increase from previous years. The environmental issue also finally made it to the White House’s table. Soon after the first Earth Day, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, whose mission is to protect human health and the environment, was formed.
Now, fast forward 40 years, were you aware that Earth Day has become the largest secular world holiday? Earth Day’s global network includes more than 500 million people from 4,500 organizations in 180 countries actively involved in bringing forth change. That is unbelievable really.
The EPA has also grown leaps and bounds, and is now taking on a wide range of environmental issues, including clean air and global climate change, clean and safe water, land preservation and restoration, healthy communities and ecosystems, and compliance and environmental stewardship. Since 1970, the EPA has passed the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species acts, and created many programs and partnerships such as the WaterSense program.
Most of today’s major manufactures of water products, appliances and home products partner with the EPA’s WaterSense program, and we think that makes every day an Earth Day. Here at Action, we are dedicated to sustainable practices, green technologies, and in teaching others homeowners how to use water more wisely.
Ghandi once said, “You must be the change you see in the world.” You’d be surprised to know how changing the small habits you do every day (like fixing a simple leak or turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth) can make a big impact on the earth over time. Action Plumbing & Air has lots of valuable tips and advice for everyday environmentalism. We are here to help you learn more about how you can make every day Earth day for you and your family in your home.
Take a few minutes to reflect about what Earth Day may mean to you. It is only through the determination of ordinary citizens like you who care about the entire world community at large and the legacy we leave for future generations. You’re already taking a first step by learning about environmental issues in reading this article. You can also pass on the knowledge to your family, friends, and community and get them involved (that’s how 20 million people came together on the first Earth Day!)
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