Earth Day to be celebrated world-wide on April 22, 2017

What was notable about the first Earth Day was that it brought millions of Americans together in one resounding voice supporting a great environmental cause.

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SAN DIEGO, April 18, 2017 – The first Earth Day occurred on April 22, 1970. It is estimated that on that day, 20 million Americans flocked to the streets in a massive demonstration to raise awareness and demonstrate their grave concerns for the negative
impact of the environment on Mother Earth.

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What was notable about the first Earth Day was that it brought millions of Americans together in one resounding voice supporting a great cause, regardless of political affiliation, background, age, social status, education and the like.

Founded by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson, Earth Day gave rise to the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency. The massive public outcry that built from this point eventually led to the passage of the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act.

There has been great progress in cleaning up the environment since the first Earth Day. The air is now cleaner to breathe, freeways are less damaging to the atmosphere due to lower tailpipe emissions, waterways are freer of dangerous pollutants, foods are labeled with detailed information about their contents and household cleaning products are becoming progressively greener and more easily available.

In fact, today’s green technologies hold the promise for further lowering the toxicity caused by mass industrial production and transportation.

But even with so many positive advancements in cleaning up the environment being put into place in the 47 years since that first Earth Day in 1970, serious questions still beg to be addressed. Among them:

  • Why are one out of every 68 children born with autism, and why are boys
    more often afflicted?
  • What is causing the increase in female breast cancer, which now affects a
    startling one out of every 8 women, including women in their 20s, 30s
    and 40s?
  • With incidents of brain cancer on the rise across all age groups, are the newest personal technologies the underlying reason?
  • How is it it possible for that honeybee populations are continuously declining?
  • Why are bird migratory patterns ever-changing from previously established patterns?
  • Is human behavior and activity the major cause of global warming and undeniable climatic change?
  • Is it possible that environmental changes are an inevitable but predictable part of the evolutionary process?

It is clear that there are no readily available set answers to explain the dramatic changes affecting Mother Earth and all the various life forms that inhabit our planet.

While numerous medical- and health-related advancements are available in today’s society,
potentially lend to greater longevity and enhanced quality of life, it is difficult to ignore the vast numbers of human beings suffering from maladies that are not easily understood or
explained—and possibly not as prevalent in prior decades.

It seems, somehow, that the natural order of life on Earth is gradually becoming altered. As a result, animal species are going extinct at alarming rates, perhaps due at least in part to a reduction in suitable habitat. Our planet loses 56 acres of forest every minute.

Earth Day 2017 is just as important, if not more important, than that original Earth Day back in 1970. Even after 47 years that have witnessed numerous improvements, many pressing environmental difficulties still threaten the environment that sustains us, leaving it highly compromised.

On this coming Earth Day, April 22, 2017, it is important to take stock of how miraculous all of life truly is. Celebrate Earth Day with your family, friends, churches, synagogues, organizations and educational institutions and rise up with one voice in the spirit of gratefulness for the life we all too often take for granted.

Participate in fun and educational activities that draw attention to the issues currently facing our ever-damaged planet.

For just this one day on Earth Day, choose to participate in one green activity. Plant a tree, go green by reduce your use of plastics, ramp up your efforts to reduce greenhouse gases, eat less meat and look to discover other positive activities that can help reduce your ecological footprint.

In the days, weeks and months following Earth Day, choose to adopt a favorite green habit or action that contributes to the health and enrichment of the planet, while continuing to make a positive impact.

According to, humans consume the equivalent of 1.5 planets worth of resources every year. That alone is a lot to think about.

To learn how large an ecological footprint is being left behind by your own personal activities and choices, take the Ecological Footprint Quiz. Discovering the size of your ecological footprint may lead to individual improvements and the decision to lead a more green-centered life—one step at a time.

Let’s celebrate this incredible gift of life offered selflessly by Mother Earth, and embrace those changes which will provide a gift to her in return.

Listen to me…

Stop it! children
Don’t hurt me more and more
I beg your pardon
You are falling behind
Behind in the feelings of love and care
Rise, rise up and up
Still you have enough time….

Are you hearing my cries?
Oh! Son of mine
Help your brothers
Rivers, forests and nature
Save your brothers and sisters
Keep them away from your selfish manner.

Help trees to sway, rivers to flow
And birds to sing their sweet, lovely songs
Help them to live their life with freedom.

-Excerpted from Poetry on Nature, Poems about our planet

Until next time, enjoy the ride in good health!

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