How did it start?
The idea came to Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. Inspired by the student anti-war movement, he realized that if he could infuse that energy with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution, it would force environmental protection onto the national political agenda. Senator Nelson announced the idea for a “national teach-in on the environment” to the national media and persuaded Pete McCloskey, a conservation-minded Republican Congressman, to serve as his co-chair. More at: http://www.earthday.org/earth-day-history-movement
Want to know YOUR ecological footprint?
Take this short quiz to find out how many planets it takes to support your lifestyle: http://www.earthday.org/
Find out ways to Get Involved and give back at: http://act.earthday.org/events/search/distance/10006
Nothing in your area? Gather your friends and family and create your own!
Have a great Earth Day on Saturday, April 23rd!