I was 12 when Earth Day was founded, so I pretty much know the story behind it's beginning. It wasn't started for the reasons that some people think, basically it wasn't all Sunshine and Rainbows. "Stoned Hippy Tree Huggers" passing out flowers with messages of "Psychedelic Love" were not the cause, But they sure as hell did champion the efforts to get it off the ground! No, the cause for the founding of "Earth Day" had a much darker beginning!
Unfortunately, we've seen way too many incidents like this one since 1969! But we "Stoned Hippy Tree Huggers" still champion the efforts started back then, and still look for ways to make our Earth a safer place for our kids to grow up in.
I tell my own kids, you can rent or buy a new home, but there is only one Earth. Let's keep it healthy, so our children, and their children and so on, can still see all of the wonders that we have available to us today, and often take for granted. We've lost way too many plant and animal species in the past century... Stop the Loss! Give a Damn, and Make Every Day Earth Day!
It starts by recycling just 1 item, or by picking up just one piece of random trash! As a species, The Earth Is Our Only Mother, Let's Love Her Like No Other!