Earth Day

I grew up in the late 60’s, having been born at the tail end of the Baby Boomer era.  I remember celebrating the first Earth Day in 1970 but not with US Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin who founded the event.  Earth Day was not just a day but was, and still is, a movement.

As I grew older, that movement that Earth Day brought about influenced me more than I probably noticed as  teen.  I wanted to go to school, college for something that would allow me to help the Earth in some way.  I do have an associate’s degree in recreational uses of forest lands.  I, unfortunately, do not use it often enough.

So today, on this fortieth anniversary of that first Earth Day, go out and do something nice for the small section of our Earth that you live on.  Think about ways you can help the Earth and, in turn, help those who live on the Earth.

I strongly suggest reading a view of Belinda Munoz’s posts on the Earth:  How to Celebrate Earth Day Everyday and Our Sick Earth.  And, even though its original publication date is 1962 by Houghton Mifflin (was by their building in Boston this past weekend), Silent Spring by Rachel Carson is as relevant now as it was in 1962.

13 thoughts on “Earth Day

  1. Happy Earth Day to you too! It is a wonderful thing that we all are so much more aware of how we effect the environment.

  2. Happy Earth Day, Nicki! Thanks for reminding me of that first one. Everyone at my school went out and planted trees that day. No pun intended, but I think a seed was planted in me that day. And although it took me a long time to get back to it, I’m a gardener myself now and have planted many trees and low-water plants that are good for the environment, and mean there is less lawn to take up our precious resources.

    • Love the story, Patty. I know a lot of those who read my blog would not remember the first Earth Day but was sure there are a few of us out there that do. :)

  3. Happy Earth Day, Nicki! Thanks for reminding me of that first one. Everyone at my school went out and planted trees that day. No pun intended, but I think a seed was planted in me that day too. And although it took me a long time to get back to it, I’m a gardener myself now and have planted many trees and drought tolerant plants that are good for the environment, which means there is less thirsty lawn using up our precious resources.

  4. I’m embarrassed to admit that I have never read Silent Spring. Thanks for the reminder of its continued relevance today. And thanks too for pointing your readers to Belinda’s wonderful Earth Day posts. I loved them as well.

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