Happy Earth Day!

Earth Day was this past weekend, and I hope everyone took the time to appreciate the planet and all the wonderful things it has to offer.

Let’s start out with a little bit of history on how Earth Day was started.

According to http://www.earthday.org, the first Earth Day took place on April 22, 1970. Gaylord Nelson, the founder of Earth Day and former U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, came up with the idea for the national holiday after seeing the aftermath of an oil spill in Santa Barbara, California in 1969.

Nelson took the idea of having one day to focus on the environment and ran with it. Using the momentum from anti-Vietnam War protestors, Nelson shared his ideas with the masses and it took off.

According to http://www.earthday.org, on April 22, 1970, “20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies.”

Ever since 1970 Earth Day has been going strong, with millions of people participating worldwide.

Johnson City residents also participated in Earth Day activities with an Earth Day symposium held at The Willow Tree Coffeehouse. The symposium was sponsored by the Green Interfaith Network, Inc. (GINI).

GINI is a local group of volunteers in the Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia regions that help audit non-profit business in order to reduce their waste and power consumption.

The Earth Day symposium lasted from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. drawing crowds from all walks of life. Various speakers came to the event as well, sharing their thoughts and ideas on topics like climate change and recycling with the audience.

Next year when Earth Day begins to approach don’t just brush it off as another useless holiday. Find ways on how you can participate in local events and start making a difference in this world!