An education on Earth Day
The History of Earth Day
Before I started covering environmental issues as a reporter for The Cat Scan, I never gave Earth Day a second thought. This year I will. This is a day when we can celebrate and participate in green initiatives, but also reflect on the work that still needs to be done to sustain our environment and our planet.
What is Earth Day?
According to the Encyclopedia Britannica online, Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. senator from 1963- 1981, is responsible for the creation of Earth Day. The day was first celebrated April 22, 1970, to focus attention on the importance of protecting and sustaining the planet’s natural resources. The senator was very interested in preserving the earth and its natural resources. Toward this effort he sponsored many bills, including the Wilderness Act, of 1964.
Not Just Another Day on the Calendar
Although Nelson died in 2005, his legacy remains. It is now more important than ever to consider the state of our choking planet. More people are born every day, more animal populations are dwindling, and more natural resources are depleting. None of us can fix all of the environmental issues on our own, but we can all take time to think about our environment and the impact we have on it during our daily lives.
Local Earth Day Events April 22, 2009
Solar Power 101 will feature U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., in a Community Educational Series.
The University of Arizona will also put on and participate in many events to mark the day.