Earth Day began on April 22, 1970 in a time when Americans were living in a world where cities were buried under smog and rivers caught fire because of pollution.
Thankfully, Earth Day changed the world’s view on the environment.
That same year President Richard Nixon created the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with a mission to protect the environment and public health.
Congress also passed the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act. The Earth Day celebration brought together everyone, young and old, as humans trying to reach one specific goal…saving the environment.
To try and put in perspective how much people can do when they put their mind to it.
In 1972, the United States and Canada agreed to clean up the Great Lakes, a source of 95-percent of America’s fresh water and supply drinking water for about 25 million people. Only 36-percent of the nations assessed stream miles were safe for uses such as swimming and fishing. Today, 60-percent of those stream miles are safe for use. That’s how much of a difference people working together can do.