Earth Day: The History of A Movement
Each year, Earth Day -- April 22 -- marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.
The height of hippie and flower-child culture in the United States, 1970 brought the death of Jimi Hendrix, the last Beatles album, and Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water”. Protest was the order of the day, but saving the planet was not the cause. War raged in Vietnam, and students nationwide increasingly opposed it.
At the time, Americans were slurping leaded gas through massive V8 sedans. Industry belched out smoke and sludge with little fear of legal consequences or bad press. Air pollution was commonly accepted as the smell of prosperity. “Environment” was a word that appeared more often in spelling bees than on the evening news. Although mainstream America remained oblivious to environmental concerns, the stage had been set for change by the publication of Rachel Carson's New York Times bestseller Silent Spring in 1962. The book represented a watershed moment for the modern environmental movement, selling more than 500,000 copies in 24 countries and, up until that moment, more than any other person, Ms. Carson raised public awareness and concern for living organisms, the environment and public health.
Earth Day 1970 capitalized on the emerging consciousness, channeling the energy of the anti-war protest movement and putting environmental concerns front and center.
Some days there won't be a song in your heart. Sing anyway. ~Emory Austin
The sun is but a morning star. ~Henry David Thoreau, Walden
The older generation thought nothing of getting up at five every morning — and the younger generation doesn't think much of it either. ~John J. Welsh
It's so hard when I have to, and so easy when I want to. ~Annie Gottlier
Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures. ~H. Jackson Brown, Jr., Life's Little Instruction Book
Every thought is a seed. If you plant crab apples, don't count on harvesting Golden Delicious. ~Bill Meyer
Defeat is not bitter unless you swallow it. ~Joe Clark
Let your inner sunshine overcome the passing haze of discontent. ~Dodinsky
Whenever anyone has offended me, I try to raise my soul so high that the offense cannot reach it. ~René Descartes
Wag more. Bark less. ~Author Unknown
Scratch less, purr more. ~Author Unknown
Those who wish to sing, always find a song. ~Swedish Proverb
Sunday, when we had all four seasons in one day ... it's the first time I've ever had to give 'right of way' to a robin! The poor thing could not get winged, or even scamper to safety! And thank goodness it was colorful enough that I could see it on the road, in spite of the whirling, whipping winds and snow so thick and heavy it was like sludge!
I missed the blood red moon. I took a nap early, hoping to be able to photograph it. I couldn't stay awake and with my catnaps I missed it - well, or thought I missed it. I never saw it red and it was always "full". Bad timing, for my catnaps and I'm sure I'm going to pay for this at work today! UGH
Most people do not consider dawn to be an attractive experience — unless they are still up. ~Ellen Goodman
Or ... up, and down ... see saw sleeping!
Sleep is the golden chain that ties health and our bodies together. ~Thomas Dekker
My golden chain has broken links today!
Fatigue is the best pillow. ~Benjamin Franklin
Over fatigue means a restless pillow!
I'm not asleep... but that doesn't mean I'm awake. ~Author Unknown
I felt that way this morning, chasing a blood red moon!
For sleep, one needs endless depths of blackness to sink into; daylight is too shallow, it will not cover one. ~Anne Morrow Lindbergh
I'll bet I could shoot a hole in this quote today, given the chance!
Unfortunately, I saw a tweet by Erin Andrews saying how she's been anxiously waiting all week for Disney night. They always say "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all." I just don't care for her as a co-host; I don't feel she's a good fit. I did reply, but simply with "I'm looking forward to the dancers!" Hopefully, that was tactful enough without my expressing 'how I really feel'! I don't 'follow' her, but I do 'follow' the show and ABC!
Who is this little girl?
I am . . .