Journey toward happiness

April 22, 2009

Hug a Tree Today

Filed under: compost, environment — Tags: , , — Tara @ 10:02 am

Earth Day was founded in 1970 by Senator Gaylord Nelson as a way to promote awareness and appreciation for the environment.

“In September 1969 at a conference in Seattle, Washington, U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin announced that in spring 1970 there would be a nationwide grassroots demonstration on the environment. This occurred during a time of great concern about overpopulation and when there was a strong movement towards “Zero Population Growth.”

Nelson viewed the stabilization of the nation’s population as an important aspect of environmentalism and later said:

“The bigger the population gets, the more serious the problems become … We have to address the population issue. The United Kingdom, with the U.S. supporting it, took the position in Cairo in 1994 that every country was responsible for stabilizing its own population. It can be done. But in this country, it’s phony to say ‘I’m for the environment but not for limiting immigration.'”

Senator Nelson first proposed the nationwide environmental protest to thrust the environment onto the national agenda.” “It was a gamble,” he recalls, “but it worked.”

Five months before the first April 22 Earth Day, on Sunday, November 30, 1969, The New York Times carried a lengthy article by Gladwin Hill reporting on the rising hysteria of “global cooling”.[citation needed]

“Rising concern about the environmental crisis is sweeping the nation’s campuses with an intensity that may be on its way to eclipsing student discontent over the war in Vietnam…a national day of observance of environmental problems…is being planned for next spring…when a nationwide environmental ‘teach-in’…coordinated from the office of Senator Gaylord Nelson is planned….” Senator Nelson also hired Denis Hayes as the coordinator.

April 22, 1970, Earth Day marks the beginning of the modern environmental movement. Approximately 20 million Americans participated, with a goal of a healthy, sustainable environment.” (


Small changes to the way we live can make a big difference. If you need some ideas, check out the ways that we are reducing our environmental impact.

This Earth Day, I pledge to restart my worm compost bin. One-third of the garbage we throw away each year is food waste. All of that food waste ends up in landfills. Because landfills are lined with clay or plastic, only small layers of dirt are added and very little oxygen exists, it makes it nearly impossible for decomposition to take place. In the absence of oxygen, the food breaks down and produces methane. Methane is a greenhouse gas which traps 20 times more heat than carbon dioxide and greatly contributes to global warming. A compost bin can make a huge difference in the amount of greenhouse gases we are releasing into the environment. They are easy to construct and fun to keep up with. Just search the web for some great ideas.

 Here are a few sites to get you started on the environmental track:

Now, get outside on this beautiful day and show Mother Earth that you appreciate her.

Peace, love and awareness,

Tara the Treehugger


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