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Earth Day 2013

Published On: Apr 22 2013 04:03:09 PM CDT
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Forty-three years after the late Gaylord Nelson, Wisconsin Governor and US Senator, proposed the idea of a day to focus on the natural world, our air, water and natural resources, the significance of Earth Day has never been greater.

As always there have been events all weekend as individuals, organizations and business draw attention to sustainable practices and green living. Much of the power of the environmental movement is what each person can do conserve and protect our resources. But climate change has created an urgency that supersedes all right now. And effectively dealing with that requires government action around the world. And many governments, the U.S.’s most depressingly of all, have been unwilling to do what is needed to reverse climate change. So that too is now up to individuals, activist citizens who will have to pressure elected officials to act. For, as Gaylord Nelson said, the objective of the movement is “an environment of decency, quality and mutual respect for all other human beings and all living creatures.”

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