The first Earth Day was over 45 year ago, in 1970, after Sen. Gaylord Nelson, WI, proposed that April 22 be declared a day to educate the population about the ways to defend the Earth and protect the people from harmful waste. On April 20, 1970, Nelson, Denis Hayes, Pete McCloskey and a staff of 85, were able to rally over 20 million Americans across the country to come together to talk about the environmental issues the Earth was facing. 47 years later, people continue to participate in Earth Day and expand their knowledge on how to combat the driving forces that harm the planet.

Nelson wrote in an article for the EPA journal looking back on the 10th anniversary of Earth Day saying, “It was on that day that Americans made it clear that they understood and were deeply concerned over the deterioration of our environment and the mindless dissipation of our resources.”

The Earth Day Network, which was founded to promote environmental citizenship and action year-round, has been making huge strides in the Modern sustainability. In 2010, on the 40th anniversary, it launched a campaign to plant 1 billion trees, and by 2012, they had achieved their goal.

Earth Day is an important cornerstone in the movement to promote sustainability and waste reduction. On April 22, we ask that you celebrate Earth Day in two ways:

  1. Promote your understanding of the important environmental issues in order to raise awareness of the critical actions that need to take place in order to save our environment.

  2. Go out and do something that enriches the environment or community - plant a tree, clean up a highway, or start a community garden.

After doing those two tasks, continue to stick with it all and strive to be efficient year-round. Here at Fuller Brush we can provide you tools to help your efficiency rise.

Two of the biggest issues that households have with staying efficient is: waste production and energy usage. Changing your light bulbs to compact fluorescents or turning down your A/C is common knowledge, but most households consume or waste more than they realize. Ditch paper towels and go for reusable cloths, or invest in products that have a longer life-span that doesn’t require frequent purchases, these are just some of the ways to go green around the house.