Earth day had its annual anniversary on April 22nd, and people around the planet showed their appreciation for our planet by participating in acts that help the environment.
First started in 1970 by Senator Gaylord Nelson, this day was used to bring environmental issue to light. Prior to the creation of this Mother Nature friendly holiday, major environment altering acts like pollution and dumping toxic waste were perfectly ok. Honestly, I was surprised to learn that expelling toxic fumes in the air that could potentially harm everyone’s health was considered ok. I guess the regard for public health was nonexistent.
In December of that year, Congress created the Environmental Protection Agency with a mission to protect the health of the humans and the environment. Throughout the month of April, Rock Valley College has held numerous events to celebrate Earth Day. A variety of eco-friendly speeches, visits from the Winnebago County Forest Preserve, the Natural Land Institute, Hoo Haven, and Side by Side Cycle have help spread knowledge about our planet and what we can do to improve it.
In addition to what RVC has done, Illinois also has the Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful, a non-profit, non-government organization based in Loves Park, IL that has made it their goal for our community to participate in making our community a cleaner and healthier one. With projects such as clothes drives, Christmas tree recycling and the Great American Cleanup, KNIB has been working to make a mark in improving our environment.
People around the world have shown their respects for the environment by recycling, cleaning their neighborhoods and roads, sustaining energy, or by simply wearing green.