23 Mar Celebrate Earth Day with Custom Decals
Next month – on Wednesday, April 22 to be exact – we’ll be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Let the world know you’re keeping the movement alive with stickers ordered from Create Decal.
In the 1960s, you didn’t have to look far to see the way pollution was impacting the environment. Many rivers were no longer available for swimming and recreation and there were no fish to catch as a result of chemical dumping and pesticide runoff. American cities from Los Angeles to Pittsburgh and even Birmingham, Alabama suffered from smog and unhealthy air.
It was all a result of a combination of things, ranging from the use of leaded gas to the toxic smoke being released from factories and the chemicals industries were freely dumping in the country’s waterways. In those days, there were no regulations requiring big business to clean up their act.
The History of Earth Day
The first Earth Day celebration was held in 1970. One billion people in more than 190 countries participated, including some 20 million Americans.
As the Earth Day organization explains, “Senator Gaylord Nelson, a junior senator from Wisconsin, had long been concerned about the deteriorating environment in the United States. Then in January 1969, he and many others witnessed the ravages of a massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California.”
Within a year of the first Earth Day, under the administration of Republican President Richard Nixon, the United States Environmental Protection Agency was created and the first of several environmental laws were passed, including the Clean Air Act. “Two years later Congress passed the Clean Water Act. A year after that, Congress passed the Endangered Species Act and soon after the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act. These laws have protected millions of men, women and children from disease and death and have protected hundreds of species from extinction,” the Earth Day website reports.
The environment still needs our help. You can show your support with custom sticker printing from Create Decal, including Earth Day decals and bumper stickers.