It’s really ironic that the beginnings of Earth day started in 1970 after senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin took a trip to Santa Barbara California right after a horrific oil spill devastated the California coastline in 1969. Outraged by this and Washington political inertia, Senator Nelson proposed a national “teach in” on the environment. 40 years after Earth Day’s humble beginnings, the largest accidental oil spill in history in the Gulf of Mexico takes place – spewing an estimated 172 Million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Have we really learned our lesson?
Today, Earth Day is celebrated across 141 countries. For 2011 Earth Day came and went. I was really impressed with how the major media networks participated. Fox, NBC, CBS and ABC all gave the earth hundreds of hours of air time to Earth Day to help raise more awareness of how fragile our planet is, and small things each of us can do (from large corporations to right in our own homes) to turn back the clock on many environmental issues we face today. But let’s face it, we have a lot of learning to do.
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