It is very important to protect our beautiful planet Earth and help sustain a healthy environment for future generations to live in. That is why in 1970, the first modern environmental movement began to help make people aware of the harm we are causing our planet.
"In the decades leading up to the first Earth Day, Americans were consuming vast amounts of leaded gas through massive and inefficient automobiles. Industry belched out smoke and sludge with little fear of the consequences from either the law or bad press. Air pollution was commonly accepted as the smell of prosperity. Until this point, mainstream America remained largely oblivious to environmental concerns and how a polluted environment threatens human health.
However, the stage was set for change with the publication of Rachel Carson’s New York Times bestseller Silent Spring in 1962. The book represented a watershed moment, selling more than 500,000 copies in 24 countries as it raised public awareness and concern for living organisms, the environment and the inextricable links between pollution and public health.
Earth Day 1970 would come to provide a voice to this emerging environmental consciousness, and putting environmental concerns on the front page."
There are many resources available online to help you become aware of issues that affect Earth's health. You can also become involved by providing your own help, such as; recycling, turning off lights when they are not in use, picking up trash in your community, and so on. Even the smallest help can make an impact, and the more people who become involved, the bigger that impact will be!
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