So many ppl have been busy plant trees, clean parks, put seeds in the ground, restore waterways, fountains, filter it as well.
I am very pleased this day exists and many ppl do care, i hope that money and the crisis we have in Europe will not make pollution getting worse and no one cares, nobody looks away, already the Government of the Netherlands gave the responsibility of the land/environment/ground to the provinces, so no tax money will be spending anymore to keep nature as it is and even make more nature, actually this is against the will/wants of the european commission, they want a certain amount of the land in a country to be nature/green, no human to enter, which is sure most needed, if all ppl living in Europe want to be able to breathe and relax. I wish earth day was also an awakening for all the hungry, the poor without a roof, because earth is not ours, its everybody’s home and actually it a civil right to have a roof, food and clean water.
Then earth day would really serve a grande purpose, joining human to nature and so earth with each its own rights as needed, will we ever be that smart, to overcome money and power-issues and get to work for us, our health and earths health?…….i am just saying………
But anyway here is a part of the story how it started, i did some research and here is a copy from the day when it all started.
|People will throw seeds all over the green spots and we are going to plant lots of seeds here at our farm ~ We have flowers and herbs ready to plant as well: ) everybody should do that, it does make a difference u know:)
The 42-year-old event is riding a new wave of global protest
By Kazi Stastna, CBC News
Posted: Apr 21, 2012 6:03 AM ET
Last Updated: Apr 21, 2012 2:42 PM ET
Children sweep a park in New York City on Earth Day 1970. The first Earth Day saw about 20 million people in cities across the U.S. participate in everything from neighbourhood clean-ups to large protest rallies. (Hulton Archive/Getty)
The 42nd Earth Day, held April 22, may not be a round milestone anniversary for those celebrating the annual event devoted to raising awareness about environmental issues, but it will come closer than any in recent memory to the spirit of the first Earth Day held across the U.S. in 1970.
That’s because just like their predecessors, organizers of this year’s Earth Day activities took inspiration from the popular protests happening around the world, choosing the slogan “Mobilize the Earth” as the theme for Earth Day 2012.
“This year, there was a lot of political activity worldwide — from the Middle East to the … Occupy movement,” said Kathleen Rogers, president of the Washington, D.C.-based Earth Day Network.
“For 2012, we felt mobilization as a concept was really critical, because it helps people understand that they can actually get going, they actually can get something done.”
Rogers’s group works with thousands of organizations and governments in almost 200 countries to promote and help organize Earth Day activities and to raise environmental awareness year-round. It grew out of the group that organized the first Earth Day and still has one of the movement’s founders, Denis Hayes, on its board of directors.
Anti-war protests inspired 1st Earth Day
Gaylord Nelson made conservation a key focus of his two terms as governor of Wisconsin and continued to champion environmental issues in the U.S. Senate, organizing the first Earth Day in 1970. (Alex Wong/Getty )The idea for Earth Day was born in the U.S. at the tail end of the1960s amid the heated student protests opposing the Vietnam War. Founder Gaylord Nelson, a Democratic senator from Wisconsin who earned a reputation as a passionate conservationist during his two terms as governor of the state, was impressed by the passion driving the protest movement. He modelled the first Earth Day on the teach-ins that anti-war activists were holding on college campuses to educate students about America’s involvement in the Vietnam War.
Nelson, who died in 2005, and his fellow organizers made environmental issues the focus of their “national teach-ins,” and there was plenty to focus on in 1970.
Unchecked industrialization and urban sprawl had made air pollution a concern in many large American cities; the harmful effects of DDT and other pesticides were also on the public consciousness ever since the 1962 publishing of Rachel Carson’s seminal book Silent Spring; and two high-profile incidents in 1969 put industrial pollution and its impact on the environment top of mind.
The two incidents were a blow-out on an Union Oil drilling rig off the coast of Santa Barbara that spilled 11.4 million litres of oil into the ocean, angering Californians who saw the devastating effects on their beaches and marine life, and a fire on the heavily polluted Cuyahoga River in Cleveland that drew attention to the industrial waste that had for years been voided into the waterway.