Sunday, April 22, 2012

Happy Earth Day Catasauqua

It's raining.....it's pouring......the old man is.....oh never mind, he is watching a baseball game. (Maybe he won't read this blog).  Anyway to get to the point of this blog, HAPPY EARTH DAY.  Earth Day started way back on April 22, 1970.  In the 70's we were really oblivious to environmental concerns.  The war in Vietnam was raging, we were driving gas guzzling cars and we didn't care - gas was leaded and are you ready for this...... sit down......gas was .36 cents a gallon.

The idea of  Earth Day came to 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.

 Earth Day proved popular in the United States and around the world. The first April 22 Earth Day had participants and celebrants in two thousand colleges and universities, roughly ten thousand primary and secondary schools, and hundreds of communities across the United States. More importantly, it "brought 20 million Americans out into the spring sunshine for peaceful demonstrations in favor of environmental reform."


www.earthday.org has an informative site, which list activities happening today, plus what we can to for our earth.  I just took the Footprint quiz and I didn't do to good - it said that if everyone lived like me we would need 4.6 Plant Earths for the resources I use.  Oy.  I guess I better change some of my ways, I am sure Planet Earth will appreciate it, and besides, we have no where else to go.

Also check out  how Google is celebrating  Earth day 2012 with an animated Doodle on its home page.

Well, that's it for now, it's a sleepy rainy Sunday, at least I thought it was, so I went shopping.  OMG what a mistake.  I went over to Target, Christmas Tree shop and Five Below, traffic was crazy.  I guess everyone had the same idea ---instead of snoozing - SHOPPING!  Anyway we really need the rain so let it rain!!!  and that's another day in Catasauqua.