The first Earth Day, in 1970, was inspired by anger. Four million gallons of oil from a blown offshore well were smearing California beaches. Flames leapt from the surface of Ohio’s Cuyahoga River. 20 million people took to the streets.
Now passion has changed into guilt. Man’s lifestyle habits are causing global climate change, and developing countries want to grow and consume like wealthy nations. Earth Day has become a day for serious introspection and rethinking.
Introspection is healthy within limits. Saving the planet is more complicated now than it seemed 40 years ago. Here are seven examples to be thankful for.
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- Earth Day co-founder killed, ‘composted’ his ex-girlfriend (junkscience.com)
- My Thought on Earth Day (jpraptor.wordpress.com)
- Happy Earth Day Everyone! (movingaheadamerica.wordpress.com)
- This date in science: Why celebrate Earth Day on April 22? (earthsky.org)