Happy Earth Day from Green Cross

22 April, fondly known as Earth Day, came about in 1970 when a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin was reflecting on the massive 1969 oil spill in Santa Barabara, CA as well as the collaboration and empowerment, in terms of protesting efforts, that was forming among students in response to the Vietnam War. Senator Gaylord Nelson believed that if he could harness that youthful energy and passion towards issues of water and pollution, environmental issues would be forced onto the national political agenda.

Consequently, 22 April 1970 marked the first Earth Day in which people of all ages, occupations, and backgrounds took to the streets rallying for more attention to be focused on oil spills, polluting factories, pesticides, wildlife extinction, and waste. A response of political support came from both sides and resulted in the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency, and consequently, the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, and Endangered Species Act.

Today, Earth Day is celebrated by over 175 countries and has resulted in the planting of millions of trees worldwide.

We ask that you take time out of your day to celebrate the environment with us and do something that will make this world a nicer place to live.

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