Happy Earth Day!Today as we celebrate and appreciate the garden that we live on, whether that garden is green, icy, mountainous, wet or arid. Founded by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970, after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California, Earth Day was to infuse that energy of the late sixties anti-war protest gatherings with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution and force environmental protection onto the national political agenda.With bi-partisan support and that from farmers and city-dwellers rich and poor, liberal and conservative, and business leaders and union reps standing side-by-side for the life and prosperity of the planet, the first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts. And in 1990, it went global.
The common dictum coming out of this movement was the three R's: reduce, reuse, recycle. It is a principle that not only has saved and continues to save our planet, but is a formula for saving and/or creating a prosperous life. Whether your are burgeoning the garden in your yard, community, the planet, or your heart and mind; the three r's bloomin' work (pun intended)!