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.”
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.
Show me a Nation with a science-hostile government, and I’ll show you a society with failing health, wealth, & security.
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) April 22, 2017
Preach it, Neil.
Today is also my eleven year wedding anniversary. That’s a long time to be with someone without murdering them.
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)!