See what is going on this Earth Day where you are: http://earthday.envirolink.org/calendar.html
The First Earth Day in April 1970"It may be hard to imagine that before 1970, a factory could spew black clouds of toxic into the air or dump tons of toxic waste into a nearby stream, and that was perfectly legal. They could not be taken to court to stop it.
How was that possible? Because there was no EPA, no Clean Air Act, no Clean Water Act. There were no legal or regulatory mechanisms to protect our environment."
"Former EPA Administrator William K. Reilly with Earth Day founder Senator Gaylord Nelson on Earth Day 1990.
In Spring 1970, Senator Gaylord Nelson created Earth Day as a way to “force this issue onto the national agenda.” 20 million Americans demonstrated in different U.S. cities, and it worked!
In December 1970, Congress authorized the creation of a new federal agency to tackle environmental issues, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.."
More about Sen. Nelson and the history of Earth Day
"In 1970, President Richard Nixon and Congress established the U.S. EPA in response to the growing public demand for cleaner water, air and land. The EPA was tasked with the challenging goal of repairing the damage already done to the environment and to establish guidelines to help Americans in making a cleaner—and safer—environment a reality."
More at: http://www.epa.gov/earthday/history.htm
Welcome to Earth Day 2010 Online."The EnviroLink Network has served as the online clearinghouse for environmental information since 1991.
This website compiles a comprehensive list of Earth Day events occurring in 2010, regardless of size, geographic location or organizational affiliation. "
American Lung Assn's message:
Have a great Earth Day.