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EARTH DAY

This week WorkerAnts is celebrating Earth Day.  Since 2015 is the 45th anniversary of Earth Day we decided to look back over the origins of Earth Day and see what good it has done over the almost half century it has been celebrated. The findings might surprise you.

Earth Day was the brain child of U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson.  He watched the signs of the times (the late 1960’s) and saw oil spills, pollution, pesticides and other dangerous toxins, unchecked exploitation of natural resources and more negatively affecting the environment. He decided to capitalize on the energy he saw in the United States around the anti-war movement by student rallies to create his own rally for the Earth. Senator Nelson persuaded others to get involved and ended up with a staff of 85 people promoting events across the land. As a result, on 22 April, 1970, 20 million people took to the streets in the U.S. to say they wanted a healthy and sustainable environment, an end to polluting, over industrialization, and the loss of wilderness and wildlife. It was a catalyst that brought together people from different political, economic, racial and social backgrounds to rally around a common cause.

Since 1970 the Earth Day movement has spread and has led to an impressive list of steps forward to protect the environment.

  •  The creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • The passage of the U.S. Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts
  • 1992, United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro
  • 2011, 28 million trees were planted in Afghanistan by the Earth Day Network
  • 2012, more than 100,000 people rode bikes in China to reduce CO2 emissions and save fuel
  • In Panama 100 endangered species of orchids were planted and maintained to prevent their extinction in honor of Earth Day
  • A current active Earth Day Network of 22,000 organizations in 192 countries

As you can see some major ‘Ant’ power has been put to good use helping our environment over the past 45 years. We at WorkerAnts join with all Global Citizens this week to celebrate past successes and take time to think about things we can individually do to help our environment. Conserve water, start a garden, plant a tree, carpool to work, don’t use/waste plastic bottles, recycle – there are hundreds of things each of us can do. So keep your eyes open and yourself aware! You never know when you’re going to find a way to help.

2 years ago