Today, April 22, 2021 is Earth Day – a day to bring public awareness to everyone around the world about the state of our planet.
According to earthday.org , the movement began in 1970 in the US. Prior to that, individual groups were fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways, the loss of wilderness and the extinction of wildlife. Earth Day 1970 achieved a rare political alliance, receiving support from Republicans and Democrats, rich and poor, urban dwellers and farmers, business and labor leaders. By the end of 1970, the first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of other first of their kind environmental laws, including the National Environmental Education Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and the Clean Air Act. Two years later Congress passed the Clean Water Act. A year after that, Congress passed the Endangered Species Act and soon after the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act. These laws have protected millions of men, women and children from disease and death and have protected hundreds of species from extinction.
In 1990, Earth Day went global and today engages more than 190 countries with over a billion people participating in Earth Day.
There are several virtual events you can participate in today. Among them are:
- Earth Day Live: Restore Our Earth at 12:00 noon. You can access the YouTube presentation by clicking here.
- Celebrate Earth Day 2021 with NASA, click here.
- Leaders Summit On Climate with US President Joe Biden and 40 other world leaders. For more information about the summit, click here.
- Seabrook Island Natural History Group (SINHG) sent out a link to Earth Day Events in Charleston, , and a quick quiz to see how much you know about a variety of topics on conservation. To learn more about SINHG, click here. .
Awareness is the first step to protecting our planet. Many of us do our part by recycling and awareness of how we can help in this effort. Earth Day heightens that awareness.
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