Installment Two on the History of Earth Day
So how did Earth day begin?
In 1962, Rachel Carson published a book called “Silent Spring” that began to make people aware of the links between pollution and public health.
The idea for a national day to focus on the environment came to Earth Day founder, Gaylord Nelson (I remember he was our governor here in Wisconsin when I was a little kid) who was our senator in 1970. He was inspired by a massive oil spill in Santa Barbara California and all the damage it did plus the student anti-war movement. He realized that if he could infuse that energy with the budding public awareness of air and water pollution, environmental protection could be forced onto the national political agenda.
Senator Nelson announced to the media the idea of a “National Teach-In on the Environment.” He then persuaded a conservation-minded Republican Congressman, Pete McClosky, to serve as his co-chair and recruited Denis Hayes form Harvard as a national coordinator. Hayes built a national staff of 85 people to promote events across the country.
The date, April 22 was chosen because of the students they wanted to participate as it fell between Spring Break and Final Exams.
On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the damage being done to the environment.
Separate groups that had been fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways, loss of wilderness, and the extinction of wildlife realized they shared common values and joined in.
Stay tuned for my next installment on more Earth Day history, but did you know there is a safe, non-polluting, organic cleaner with multiple uses that was created BEFORE the awareness of Earth Day? It’s one of the products in the kit we’re offering with free shipping for Earth Day. It came on the market in 1960, 10 years before Earth Day and was named an official Earth Day product.
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One of my favorite uses is the solution I give to my houseplants. It’s the same cleaner I mentioned in my last blog post for cleaning windows but my plants love it too!.
If you watch the video, I show my angel plant and one of my spider plants. I always add a drop or two to the water when I water my plants. It makes the water soak in more slowly so it doesn’t run through so quickly and also it acts as a fertilizer.
I’ll be back with my next installment on more Earth Day history, so be sure to come back, and if you want more info on the Earth-friendly cleaning kit that will not only help you save the environment, but also save a lot of money, watch this 3-minute video and send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know you want the free PDF on the multiple uses for the products.
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