Today is a day to celebrate our planet and its amazing biodiversity. The first Earth Day was in 1970 and marked the beginning of the modern environmental movement to raise awareness about the human impact on the environment and to inspire action to preserve it. The movement had been building steam since the 1962 publication of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, in which she warned about the effects of DDT on living organisms. Despite vicious backlash from the agriculture and chemical industries, Carson was able to stand behind her exhaustive scientific research and said, “We must begin to count the many hidden costs of what we are doing.”
So today take the time to hear the natural world around you. Slow down to watch the birds or discover a flower in bloom. Hug a tree. And perhaps, even if you are not joining an Earth Day event in your area, make pledge to make one change in your life that will have a positive impact on the planet and all that lives here.