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.