On this glorious day back in 1970, US Senator Gaylord Nelson, spearheaded the environmentally conscious day in hopes of inspiring the people of America to actively participate in getting the attention of Washington, D.C. regarding the lack of concern for increasing environmental problems.
The first Earth Day attracted more then 20 million people to participate, produced tons of protests by thousands of colleges and universities and fortunately, is now recognized in almost every country on the planet. Still though, Earth Day needs some work. Many are saying that Earth Day has completely lost it’s original message and is now being used by corporations and falling victim to commercialization for product sales that claim a ‘portion’ of the proceeds will go to charity.
It seems that the beginning of global movements always start off with a bang of sorts – the first Earth Day entailed protests in airports regarding airplane exhaust, large gatherings in parks to create unity and as author Bill McKibben recalls his interview with Pete McCloskey (the California House Member who worked closely with Nelson) the first Earth Day went something like this, “‘The gatherings themselves,’ he recalled, ‘came as a revelation, not celebrity-driven or corporate-sponsored but a pure outpouring of anger and hope, with people smashing donated cars with sledgehammers and planting flower gardens in city squares.'”
Bloggers and Psychics … let us know what you think! Should we be doing more as ‘the people’ to raise awareness of threatening global issues? Although social media has helped tremendously spread the word and organize events, is their a lack of real compassion shown for our Earth? What does it mean to really ‘go green’?