Earth Day is Not Just a Day

Every year on April 22nd, we have Earth Day. It’s a day most of us usually pay little attention to. What good is a special day that we don’t get presents on? The most people do on Earth day is plant a tree. Which don’t get me wrong, that’s great, but we need to do more!

Earth day was founded by a man named Gaylord Nelson, who was a United States senator of Wisconsin. He came up with the idea after the 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. Motivated by the anti-war protests going on at the time, Nelson prompted 20 million Americans to protest for the environment. This led several groups that fought for various environmental issues, to realize that they had a common goal that united them. As a result of this first Earth Day, the United States Environmental Protection Agency was created, and the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts were passed.

Earth Day has been around for a long time, about forty-five years, yet I think it should have more of an impact. First, schools need to focus on it more. Throughout all of my schooling, a total of 12 years, I have almost no memories of celebrating Earth Day, or even talking about Earth Day. Maybe it was mentioned a few times here and there, but never to the extent that it should be. When we are young, we learn a lot of things that shape our values. If we learn the importance of Earth Day at a young age, perhaps more of us will grow up to want to change things for the environment. And even though we should focus more on Earth Day, we should also focus more on the environment period. It doesn’t need a special day for it to be important. Every day should be considered Earth Day no matter what day of the year it is.

 

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