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” Earth Day – April 22, 2013 ”

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Earth Day, celebrated April 22, is a day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for
the Earth’s environment.But we must not celebrate Earth day on this date alone but at all
times, thinking all the dangers of Global Warming.in which we are one of the factors of it.

Let us all be united to learn and  protect our  Environment for our Mother Earth. Not only today but at all times

About Earth Day:
Earth Day, celebrated April 22, is a day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment.

It is held annually during both spring in the northern hemisphere and autumn in the southern hemisphere.

It was founded by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in in 1970 and is celebrated in many

countries every year.The United Nations celebrates an Earth Day each year on the March equinox, a

tradition which was founded by peace activist John McConnell in 1969.

History of Earth Day

Earth Day — April 22 — each year marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.

Among other things, 1970 in the United States brought with it the Kent State shootings, the advent of fiber optics, “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” Apollo 13, the Beatles’ last album, the death of Jimi Hendrix, the birth of Mariah Carey, and the meltdown of fuel rods in the Savannah River nuclear plant near Aiken, South Carolina — an incident not acknowledged for 18 years.

History of Earth Day

Participant in Earth Day, 1970.
Photo: EPA History Office

It was into such a world that the very first Earth Day was born.

Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, proposed the first nationwide environmental protest “to shake up the political establishment and force this issue onto the national agenda. ” “It was a gamble,” he recalls, “but it worked.”

At the time, Americans were slurping leaded gas through massive V8 sedans. Industry belched out smoke and sludge with little fear of legal consequences or bad press. Air pollution was commonly accepted as the smell of prosperity. Environment was a word that appeared more often in spelling bees than on the evening news.

Earth Day 1970 turned that all around.

On April 22, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment. Denis Hayes, the national coordinator, and his youthful staff organized massive coast-to-coast rallies. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment. Groups that had been fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways, the loss of wilderness, and the extinction of wildlife suddenly realized they shared common values.

Denis Hayes – Honorary Chair, Earth Day Network

History of Earth DayEarth Day 1970 achieved a rare political alignment, enlisting support from Republicans and Democrats, rich and poor, city slickers and farmers, tycoons and labor leaders. The first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species acts.

Sen. Nelson was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom — the highest honor given to civilians in the United States — for his role as Earth Day founder.

As 1990 approached, a group of environmental leaders asked Denis Hayes to organize another big campaign. This time, Earth Day went global, mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries and lifting the status of environmental issues on to the world stage. Earth Day 1990 gave a huge boost to recycling efforts worldwide and helped pave the way for the 1992 United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.

As the millennium approached, Hayes agreed to spearhead another campaign, this time focused on global warming and a push for clean energy. Earth Day 2000 combined the big-picture feistiness of the first Earth Day with the international grassroots activism of Earth Day 1990. For 2000, Earth Day had the Internet to help link activists around the world. By the time April 22 rolled around, 5,000 environmental groups around the world were on board, reaching out to hundreds of millions of people in a record 184 countries. Events varied: A talking drum chain traveled from village to village in Gabon, Africa, for example, while hundreds of thousands of people gathered on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., USA.

EPA Administrator William K. Reilly with former Senator Gaylord Nelson, Earth Day 1990. Photo: EPA History Office

EPA Administrator William K. Reilly with former Senator Gaylord Nelson, Earth Day 1990. Photo: EPA History Office

Earth Day 2000 sent the message loud and clear that citizens the world ’round wanted quick and decisive action on clean energy.

Now, the fight for a clean environment continues. We invite you to be a part of this history and a part of Earth Day. Discover energy you didn’t even know you had. Feel it rumble through the grass roots under your feet and the technology at your fingertips. Channel it into building a clean, healthy, diverse world for generations to come.

Valerie, I thank you so much for all these Useful Links:

Learning to Do Historical Research: A Primer for Environmental Historians and Others

40th Anniversary of Earth Day, April 22, 2010

History of Earth Day

Earth Day and EPA History

Introduction: the Earth Day story and Gaylord Nelson

http://www.leonardodicaprio.org/

http://www.leonardodicaprio.com/


http://wilderness.org/content/earth-day-40

http://w ww.earthday.net/node/77..THANKS for the Links Valerie

http://val-gibson.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!5B2DDAB1C28FCDBD!25279.trak

http://val-gibson.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!5B2DDAB1C28FCDBD!25495.entry

global Warming movie

Fresh Water movie

Link from my previous blog:

http://rannycalderon.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!861CF597831362D6!14971.entry#comment


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3pujlkSTqo

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13 responses

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  2. connie

    Hi Rhonda and Natural,Thank you for being here with your beautiful thoughts ,And thanks for your time.wish you both a pleasant weekend.

    April 23, 2010 at 6:36 am

  3. Rhonda

    Great blog and wonderful history!!!Hugs!

    April 23, 2010 at 3:35 am

  4. Natural ♥

    This is blog is full of wonderful info Connie. Thanks for your Earth Day post.Hugs~

    April 23, 2010 at 2:05 am

  5. connie

    I agree with Seth as well …When we as individuals recognizes our responsibilities for the protection of our environment…we can achieve a lot. and can move forward specially with UNITY.HAPPY EARTH DAY TO ALL!!!!Thank you so much for joining me with your beautiful thoughts for our Mother Earth.Thanks:John, Valerie, Seth, Sabri and AshleyFor being here….

    April 22, 2010 at 11:54 pm

  6. Ashley

    Hello Connie how are you? Well I hope.I enjoyed reading this blog thank you, and I agree with Seth in his comment 100% take care I hope you are well, and everything else is going fine for you and your family. Take care I hope you enjoy your day.Ash

    April 22, 2010 at 5:10 am

  7. SABRI

    THANK YOU SWEET CONNIE………..BIG KISSS FOR YOUGOOD NIGHT *SABRI* CIAO!!!

    April 21, 2010 at 9:18 pm

  8. ··¤ SETH

    It’s a day to reflect on our planet, our environment and what we can do to help keep them healthy. So much of the news these days on environmental issues is very dire and depressing, so much so that fear and apathy can take over. If we stay positive and recognize the key role we as individuals, families and communities can play in environmental protection, power returns to us and with it actual change and movement forward. … Cheers to you!

    April 21, 2010 at 2:42 am

  9. Valerie

    Hi Dear Connie and to all dear Friends through the World,Oh La La !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!… I love the compliments… oups… and I think to lack modesty again… I’m so happy… THANK YOU a lot for your lovely Happy Birthday !!!…You know, despite a spring cold, I passed a so beautiful, happy and wonderful day with a lot of unexpected surprised… but as one says me, the 40 years must celebrate itself in big… that while connecting me I also have just read your Happy Birthdays… and that did me hot to the heart… Then, that to say, otherwise that by these some words, I divide this so day extraordinary happy with you all (but not my cold, what I prefer to keep selfishly… oups… lol !!!)… May this sunny Happiness that me submerges be in each of you… That it you bring the luck, the inspiration, the realization of all your vows… I wish, for my 40 years, that my vows (that are so numerous… lol) be also the yours; I wish of all my heart that my vows allow you all to realize your projects!!!…At last, you noticed that it is my 40 years that I celebrate… and… in the week of the 40th birthday of the Earth Day…While awaiting, to return on the web, I wish you to all, a Good Night to imagine the blue become of Earth Day and a Wonderful green Week of the Earth Day (April 22 1970)…Best Regards & Kisses from France…And as Rich says so well: “paselo”

    April 18, 2010 at 8:25 pm

  10. connie

    Thanks Valerie for your very supportive comment. I admire you for hard work and care for everyone and specially for our planet Earth. You’re a great example to everyone. Wish you a Happy Birthday,and many,many more Birthdays to come. Good Luck, Good Health and May God Bless You Always in whatever you do in life. Have a good day …Cheers for your Birthday!!!

    April 18, 2010 at 5:48 pm

  11. Valerie

    Hi Connie, John and to all,THANKS Connie for your so warm and so soft support and contribution to our Mother Earth… I LOVE your post!!!…And I want to say too THANKS to John to have shared his lived experience of the first Earth Day of April 22,1970… This is so great!!!… I love when you write: “To clean up my house there should be no laws where somebody will profit from it. i celebrate my earth day when I go out and pick up liter and limit the amount of appliances I use, which cuts back on my electrical consumption”. Because in 1970, I came just born… I knew not again the usage of the speech to say "it’s my environment"… LOL…Then the experience lived by John is all simply so great to share… even if writes of John can appear shocking, it is a sad reality for certain non-profite organizations (especially the Foundation created by certain companies, that simultaneously are extremely polluting), that uses a cause, to fill the pockets or to divert of money.. It is only the money that them interestsBut the fight of certain Non-Profite Organizations is important for let evolve the behaviors towards more responsible behaviors… Yes, we all should do everyday an Earth Day, but, for anecdote, I remember, it there not very a long time, of car drivers who on the expressway opened their window to throw the remainder (papers, packing. ..) of Mc Donald, of cigarette, of bottle in glass of beersCertain of these persons can really change, if one arrives to mobilize them around the noblest cause, the one to protect our environment, our Mother Earth…That’s why it’s so important to write different entries around the Earth Day… and every commentary can contribute to let behaviors change towards protector’s behaviors…Have a Green, Happy and Blessing WeekEnd everyone, Bye-Bye and see you to continue to imagine the future World…

    April 17, 2010 at 5:27 pm

  12. connie

    Thanks John… as for me… I’ve been doing my part for my beautiful environment , by starting at home.There are so many little things to take in consideration for start …at home. …my everyday consumption..For a simple person like I do …. not to mention about these big organizations or big giants of this planet.It’s for me an EDUCATIONAL ISSUE TO LEARN AND TO THINK ABOUT.And hope for the others as well who takes our environment for granted. One important thing for me is to teach our children the right attitude for conserving the beauty and protection of our Environment.

    April 17, 2010 at 5:02 pm

  13. john

    Earth Day is very noble but so many of the environmentalists have went overboard that there has been a backlash and today many people have a I don’t care attitude and have become spiteful toward the environmental groups such as the bogus deal about global warming.In 1970 I was on campus and part of the local Earth Day and there were some serious problems. in a sensible way they were dealt with, their was no greed or lust in the day then. Over time these people have turned a noble movement into a greedy money hungry movement that distorts reality to fit their greedy desires.global warming is not unusual it has been going on for centuries any body with just a little bit of scientific acumen knows that. The people that are pushing the agenda have a vested interest of making lots of money if all the different laws are passed.To clean up my house there should be no laws where somebody will profit from it. i celebrate my earth day when I go out and pick up liter and limit the amount of appliances I use, which cuts back on my electrical consumption.Follow the money trail and you will find a group of greedy self centered egotistical people.

    April 17, 2010 at 3:56 pm

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