Earth Day


Alena Tarrant, Feature's Co-Editor

Every year on April 22, people worldwide celebrate the environment and cherish the resources the Earth provides for us. Schools and businesses organize public clean ups and encourage others to take care of the communities around them.

Earth Day began in 1970 when U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson came up with the idea. A year before, there was a giant oil spill in Santa Barbara, Calif. Nelson put in a reform to hold a national Earth Day. During this time, war was raging in Vietnam and people begin to neglect the importance of the environment. The growth of technology gave birth to new devices and machinery that spewed a lot of pollution into the environment. Over 20 million Americans celebrated the first Earth Day. Schools taught their students about the earth and how to take care of it, something schools still do today. Soon after the event, Congress passed three laws. These laws protected three important factors of the environment. These laws were: The Clean Air Act, The Clean Water Act, and The Endangered Species Act. Today, these laws are under assault, but are vigorously supported by those who wish to keep our earth a clean and safe home for future generations. As the famous quote, often attributed as a Native American proverb states, “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.”

Earth Day has grown from and expanded from the United States and now more than 175 countries participate in the celebration. Everyone can celebrate the Earth daily by taking care of the environment around them. Even picking of a simple piece of trash can make a small difference.