Earth Day was first held on April 22, 1970
and is considered the birth of the modern environmental movement.
Today more than one billion people in 192 countries
participate in Earth Day activities each year.
The initiatives of Senator Nelson led to public demonstrations around the country and to the bi-partisan creation in 1970 of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the passage of the 1970 Clean Air Act, amendments in 1972 to the Clean Water Act, and passage of the 1973 Endangered Species Act. We've unfortunately seen some of those protections chipped away in recent years.
The ultimate irony is that in April, 2015, the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, Gaylord Nelson’s very own daughter, executive secretary of the Wisconsin Board of Commissioners of Public Lands in Wisconsin, was told that she could not use the term "climate change" or refer to climate change in her reports on the management of state lands. We have experienced the same in Florida.
We have much work to do to return our country to one which has a long term commitment to our earth - above a short term financial or political gain!
Sustainable Tallahassee has participated in Earth Day celebrations every year.
With climate change upon us, it’s more important than ever to be inspired into action once again by Earth Day!