A day of multiple significance

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It’s April 22nd, Earth Day!  I don’t know about you but I’m quite fond of my home planet.  It’s probable that there are other planets, hundreds, thousands or millions of light years away that are similar to Earth, yet to us, this is the only planet that can sustain us.

 “Each year, Earth Day—April 22—marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.

The height of counterculture in the United States, 1970 brought the death of Jimi Hendrix, the last Beatles album, and Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” War raged in Vietnam and students nationwide overwhelmingly opposed it.

At the time, Americans were slurping leaded gas through massive V8 sedans. Industry belched out smoke and sludge with little fear of legal consequences or bad press. Air pollution was commonly accepted as the smell of prosperity. “Environment” was a word that appeared more often in spelling bees than on the evening news.

Although mainstream America largely remained oblivious to environmental concerns, the stage had been set for change by 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, and beginning to raise public awareness and concern for living organisms, the environment and links between pollution and public health.

Earth Day 1970 gave voice to that emerging consciousness, channeling the energy of the anti-war protest movement and putting environmental concerns on the front page.”

http://www.earthday.org/

Today is also the March for Science, which is taking place in cities around the globe.  Though DC is a little soggy today, the event managed to attract quite a few people.  This is of global importance and as an American, I feel that the current administration will have a negative impact on all areas of scientific progress, such as climate change and medical research.

Preach it, Neil.

Today is also my eleven year wedding anniversary. That’s a long time to be with someone without murdering them.

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I wasn’t able to buy him a card (and a can of Steel Reserve since the 11th year is the ‘steel anniversary’), but I did make him a card.  Like a five year old would do.  I never claimed to be mature. 😉

Happy Earth Day, Happy Science March Day (and Happy Anniversary Day)!
 

12 thoughts on “A day of multiple significance

  1. Irony of ironies….I opened my email this morning to find a new issue of “Cruz News.” The Senator from Texas has been very busy exercising his connection to the Clown in Chief, going around finding ways to protect Texas and, by extension, since everything is really Texas (sorry to everyone who thought they were in, like, Oregon), the rest of the country–where was I?

    Oh yes. Mr. Cruz is being relentless in ensuring that citizens’ rights are not being trampled on by the Bureau of Land Management, the EPA, or other pinko commie outfits.

    Your card is so cool! I hope MC groks…..

    Hugs to you and smooches too, for a rainy spring day!

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    • Uuuuugh. Dump them all into the nuclear waste bin. I’ve been watching bits and pieces of the festivities at the March and it’s riling me up.

      MC loved his card. He says it’s a keeper. 😊
      We’re trying to figure out what to do in the rain today. I think we’ll probably end up at the BX in the perfume aisle. I’ll make him smell pretty.

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  2. Happy Annimaversaries!!

    And yay for Earth Day and saving our hurling rock of safety through space.
    Oh! And Neil has a science series I found on netflix: The Inexplicable Universe. (can you tell we’re a bunch of nerds in my house?)

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