Chris' Corner: Happy 42nd Annual Earth Day - What are you going to do?

Happy 42nd Annual Earth Day - What are you going to do?

Earth Day was born from the awareness, strife and political activism of 1960's U.S.

Rachel Carson, a renowned biologist is often credited with giving the environmental movement a degree of scientific backing when she published her book, Silent Spring in 1962, which included a diatribe against DDT and other pesticides and blaming them for their catastrophic effects on bird and animal populations.  My first memories on the subject was in grade school in the late 1960's when we were taught about the thinning of eagle's eggs shells because of the accumulation of DDT as it made its way from excess spraying to the water and then up the food chain.

Rampant urban sprawl caused by the population explosion, clouds of smog and pollution in major urban centres and probably the best remembered eco-disaster of the era, the fire that started in Ohio's Cuyahoga River, which started from the hazardous wastes dumped into it from Cleveland and other industrial cities were all seminal events of the sixties that spurred the creation of Earth Day.

Thanks to the efforts of Gaylord Nelson, a senator from Wisconsin who tirelessly spread the word from 1963 to 1969, Earth Day was born on April 22nd, 1970.

I don't remember anything about those first few Earth Days, but I know that I, my children and their children owe Gaylord Nelson, and all those that cared enough about our planet and the destruction of it that they were witnessing to stand up and shout, and more importantly do something to make a difference.

Now the responsibility for our Planet rests with us, What will you do?

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Chris Smith CSSBB
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Comment balloon 8 commentsChris Smith • April 22 2011 10:45AM


Good morning Chris, I'm in the office today tidying up my desk, and I got here by walking. It only took 25 minutes, and the weather is just so nice today that I'm glad I did.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 9 years ago

Hi Chris - I did not realize that Earth Day had been around fo r so many years.

Posted by FN LN over 9 years ago

 Thanks to Gaylord Nelson, the world now celebrates a day in his honor because he made a stand to improve the environment. Thanks for the post Chris!

Posted by Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR (Red Rock Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Hey Chris....nice touch with the green we all need to share in taking care of the environment...with the way gas prices are we will all be driving less, that is a help for sure....

Posted by Dennis Duvernay Broker/Owner (Hillview Realty) over 9 years ago

Malcolm, the impetus of higher gas prices might help more of us make choices that will ultimately help Save Our Planet.

Marc, I honestly had no idea... I seem to be aware of earth day in the early 2000's.

You are very welcome, Wanda.  I think Gaylord Nelson passed away in 2005, but his legacy will live on.

Thank You Dennis, driving less is a great step forward.

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 9 years ago

Chris, for many years I have "preached" to my buyer clients the advantages of identifying and choosing lower energy consumption housing. It is then up to the clients to make the choice that is right for them.

Posted by Larry Estabrooks, 100% representation means NEVER DUAL AGENCY ! (Independent Real Estate Agent) over 9 years ago

Larry, keep on spreading the message and making ever better choices, and when they are ready to "hear" it, your friends, family and SOI will...

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 9 years ago

Chris --- excellent post.   Sorry I didn't see it earlier but the message is just as strong today as it was eight days ago.   Nicely done.

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 over 9 years ago