Sunday, April 22, 2012

Blue Sky, Green Earth

The wealth of the nation is its air, water, soil, forests, minerals, rivers, lakes, oceans, scenic beauty, wildlife habitats and biodiversity… that’s all there is. That’s the whole economy. That’s where all the economic activity and jobs come from. These biological systems are the sustaining wealth of the world. 
                                                                                                    Gaylord Nelson

The genesis of Earth Day is credited 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 called for an environmental teach-in, or Earth Day, to be held on April 22, 1970. Over 20 million people participated that year, and this Earth Day is now observed on April 22 each year by more than 500 million people and several national governments in 175 countries.  Numerous communities celebrate Earth Week, an entire week of activities focused on environmental issues.

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  1. I remember when Earth Started. I was in high school and it was a considered a big deal. Where I live now, not so much. Too bad, it is a great idea. Glad that elsewhere people are carrying on.

  2. I'd love to be there right now, taking in the beauty.

  3. Just lovely! Thanks for your beautiful contribution to Shadow Shot Sunday 2.

    Come see the Flag in the Wood shadow. Have a blessed Sunday!

  4. I had forgotten how long Earth Day has been in existence. Great photo!

  5. Great photo. Hope you've had an enjoyable Earth Day.

  6. beautiful post...the earth is please today where I live, getting a very good soaking of rain it has been longing for.

  7. Beautiful shot, the palm trees, blue sky and sunshine, perfect choice for Earth Day! Greetings from NY :)

  8. Wonderful post and photo for the Earth Day!