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EARTH DAY 2013 – Time to Highlight Energy Efficiency and Sustainability
The environmental movement has many seminal moments. In many ways, nearly a century ago, President Theodore Roosevelt became its first and most visible champion, as demonstrated by his establishing the United States Forest Service and setting aside more Federal land for national parks and nature preserves than all of his predecessors combined. In 1962, Rachel Carson published the game-changing environmental book, “Silent Spring”, a beautifully written and informative call to action. But the type of activisms that defines the environmental movement over the past 40-plus years, for all intents and purposes was launched on April 22, 1970, when: as the Earth Day Network’s website describes:
“The idea came to Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. Inspired by the student anti-war movement, he realized that if he could infuse that energy with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution, it would force environmental protection onto the national political agenda. Senator Nelson announced the idea for a “national teach-in on the environment” to the national media; persuaded Pete McCloskey, a conservation-minded Republican Congressman, to serve as his co-chair; and recruited Denis Hayes as national coordinator. Hayes built a national staff of 85 to promote events across the land.
“As a result, on the 22nd of April, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment. Groups that had been fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways, the loss of wilderness, and the extinction of wildlife suddenly realized they shared common values.
“Earth Day 1970 achieved a rare political alignment, enlisting support from Republicans and Democrats, rich and poor, city slickers and farmers, tycoons and labor leaders. The first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts. “It was a gamble,” Gaylord recalled, “but it worked.”
Earth Day 2013 is here. At Eco-Source Technologies we want share a celebratory, but purposeful message. Celebrating Earth Day, every day, should be the mission of everyone. Every day we become more sustainable and energy efficient by tracking the progress, measuring reductions, engaging employees and customers, and sharing success stories. We need your help to keep improving and every bit makes a difference. Our Earth Day challenge to you is to make one, two, or three conscious decisions to take action in some way to improve the environment. No action is too small. As the old Native American proverb so wisely says, “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.” We have an obligation to do more and we must do more now.