Today is internationally celebrated Earth Day; a day to demonstrate support for environmental protection.
Earth Day, initiated way back in 1970 in the US, is considered the catalyst of the modern green movement and was fuelled by a growing awareness of environmental concerns for a planet reeling from the toxic war in Vietnam.
Enlightened by Rachel Carson’s landmark publication Silent Spring and enraged by the devastating effects of the 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara, California, people in the US began to actively campaign to protect the environment, spurred on by organisers of the inaugural Earth Day.
Today, some 44 years later, Earth Day inspires global recognition of the need for action and education on green issues.
It’s easy to feel helpless in the face of mounting environmental threats, climate change and political ineptitude in addressing the problems. One thing however we can all do is plant a garden or a tree. Grow some of our own food, re-use, recycle and reinvent our lives to not only combat the ills of environmental despoilers but take solace in our personal efforts and the richness of nature that we help to create.
To read more go to www.earthday.org/
First published: April 2014