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Sustainable Tallahassee Participates in Earth Day Celebrations

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 idea came to Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California.  Inspired by the student anti-war movement, he realized that if he could infuse that energy with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution, it would force environmental protection onto the national political agenda.”    (quote from http://www.earthday.org/2013/index.php)

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! 

Earth Day 2008

Earth day 2009

Earth Day 2016

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