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
Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage