History Of Earth Day
Earth Day originated in the United States in 1970, as a response to concerns about air pollution, oil spills, and a lack of national consciousness surrounding environmental protection. A group of senators recruited a young activist, Denis Hayes, to organize campus teach-ins to grow awareness. The effort soon broadened to include a wider range of participants, and on April 22, 1970, over 20 million Americans took to the streets in protest for clean air, water, and land. These demonstrations and focus on environmental sustainability led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and adoption of other new environmental laws. Some of this new legislation included the National Environmental Education Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act. According to earthday.org, these laws “have protected millions of men, women and children from disease and death and have protected hundreds of species from extinction.”
In 1990, Earth Day went global, mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries worldwide. And, in 2015, several leading industrial nations signed the Paris Agreement, creating the first ever legally binding international treaty on climate change.
Earth Day 2021 – “Restore Our Earth”
Earth Day 2021 is a live digital event, focusing on Restore Our Earth™.
Topics being shared on earthday.org will include:
- Climate and environmental literacy
- Climate restoration technologies
- Reforestation efforts
- Regenerative agriculture
- Equity and environmental justice
- Citizen science
- Cleanups, and more!
On their digital website, world climate leaders, grassroots activists, nonprofit innovators, thought leaders, industry leaders, artists, musicians, influencers, and the leaders of tomorrow will come to push us towards a better world.
A simple google search of Earth Day 2021 will yield many opportunities to learn more about the environment and hear from experts on what we can do to ensure a more sustainable future for our planet.
How Can You Celebrate?
There are many ways that global citizens can celebrate Earth Day 2021. Here are some ideas:
- You could learn more about the history and goals of Earth Day.
- Study the history of recycling and where it stands today.
- Brainstorm ways to promote greater sustainability initiatives or a recycling program in your own community.
- Share sustainability quotes and blog posts about recycling and sustainability with friends on social media.
What could be more appropriate than Harmony sharing recycled Earth Day posts with you for ideas on how to celebrate! Check out some of these great ideas:
How Can You Make A Difference In Your Business?
Jeffrey Sanderson once said, “If you care about the environment and how it will affect mankind, then recycling shouldn’t take a second thought.”
If that powerful quote isn’t enough to move business owners to action, the simple fact that recycling and compacting waste reduces the number of truck pulls, carbon emissions, space in the landfill, and overall costs related to waste management definitely should!
Businesses, regardless of their industry sector, are some of the world’s largest contributors to the waste stream, but can also be leaders in sustainability and forward “green thinking”.
This Earth Day, consider researching what a baler or compactor could do for your bottom line, and the environment. You will find that there is a fast return on your investment, with added safety, cleanliness, and efficiency in your operations.
Looking for other ways for your staff and company to celebrate Earth Day 2021? Try a few of these fun ideas at https://harmony1.com/earth-day-ideas/.
How Can We Help?
Harmony Enterprises is the solutions provider for waste handling and recycling. We are here to do more than just sell equipment. We provide world-class customer service, repairs, and parts.
Our wide range of total solutions helps businesses reduce waste and recycle valuable commodities, while making the earth a better place for generations to come.
We are here to do more than just sell equipment. We are your go-to resource for all things waste and recycling. We can provide you with case studies and customer success stories that demonstrate our superior industry leadership and capability. Our experienced sales team can work with you to make sure that you understand and implement the right solution for your business needs.
While you, your community, and business celebrate Earth Day 2021, think about how Harmony can help you achieve your sustainability and efficiency goals. Give us a call at (507) 886-6666 or Contact Us today!