The Sins of the Father

The sins of the father…

Are being visited upon us in the form of climate change, and today, Earth Day – April 22, Mother Earth is weeping.

Earth Day was founded in 1970 on the heels of the anti-war movement by 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. On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets to protest for a greener tomorrow, uniting those 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 for a common goal.

“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…”

That 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 in the US.

We all know the past is catching up with us and climate change is real and imminent danger. The question is, what will we do about it or will our sins be revisited upon our children?

K.M.

Resources:
http://www.earthday.org/footprint-calculator

Sources:
http://www.earthday.org/earth-day-history-movement
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/canada-s-earth-day-assessment-1.1000483

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