Posted by Susana Segat on Apr 22, 2012.

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Why Not You?

Happy Earth Day!

Yes, it's raining. And yes, that couch looks really inviting.

Yet, if you look outside, you might see some of your neighbors, undaunted, doing something to make the earth a better place.

Here's who we found at Fresh Pond:

How Did Earth Day Start?

So it turns out that not only did Al Gore not invent the internet, but he also didn't invent Earth Day.

Senator Gaylord Nelson is credited with founding Earth Day. Senator Nelson explains:

"Actually, the idea for Earth Day evolved over a period of seven years starting in 1962. For several years, it had been troubling me that the state of our environment was simply a non-issue in the politics of the country. Finally, in November 1962, an idea occurred to me that was, I thought, a virtual cinch to put the environment into the political "limelight" once and for all. The idea was to persuade President Kennedy to give visibility to this issue by going on a national conservation tour...The President began his five-day, eleven-state conservation tour in September 1963. For many reasons the tour did not succeed in putting the issue onto the national political agenda. However, it was the germ of the idea that ultimately flowered into Earth Day.

...In 1969...anti-Vietnam War demonstrations, called "teach-ins," had spread to college campuses all across the nation. Suddenly, the idea occurred to me - why not organize a huge grassroots protest over what was happening to our environment? At a conference in Seattle in September 1969, I announced that in the spring of 1970 there would be a nationwide grassroots demonstration on behalf of the environment and invited everyone to participate..." (from http://earthday.envirolink.org/history.html)

And the rest is history.

You don't have to be present at the big rally in Washington, D.C and you can still make a difference. And if it's not today, our fabulous Friends of Fresh Pond are out there all year long, and they would welcome your participation. Local efforts matter.

(photo by S Segat)