Im proud to say I grew up in the great state of Wisconsin, the birth place of Earth Day. Our former Governor and United States Senator Gaylord Nelson was the founder of Earth Day, spurred on by the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill. The first Earth Day took place on April 22, 1970, and launched a new wave of environmental activism, leading to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts. (You’re welcome!)
Unfortunately, theres still work to be done and environmental consciousness to be raised. Sadly, several natural wonders are predicted to eventually disappear due to global warming that many believe is caused by carbon emissions. The Great Barrier Reef, the snow-covered Alps, even the grape population in northern California are all in danger. Yes, wine production may be cut by as much as two-thirds in coming years. But seriously, now that Ive gotten your attention
When the forty-fifth anniversary of Earth Day arrives on April 22, 2015, show your interest in the environment by participating in Earth Day activities in your area. If there are no formal events planned where you live, why not use the day to demonstrate your support and pick up trash in a local park? Plant a tree? Walk your child to school instead of driving? You may even want to ask yourself what changes you could adopt permanently to help make a positive impact on the environment. What things could you implement in your household to reinforce to your children what theyre learning in school about preserving and protecting Mother Earth and our natural resources? How about eliminating the use of plastic bags? Europeans have long had an environmentally friendly approach when it comes to plastic. They never show up at a grocery store without your reusable shopping bags. One store in Berlin has gone as far as selling everything in bulk, requiring you to bring even your own containers. (Gotta love the Germans.) How about not driving your car unless absolutely necessary, or avoiding the over-use of water or energy?
As I continue to save for my electric car, walk my daughter to school, stun store clerks everywhere by whipping out my reusable bags, I’ll feel that much better knowing that I’m playing a small part in treating this fragile planet a little kinder.