We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. -Native American Proverb
It may be hard to imagine that before 1970, a factory could spew black clouds of toxic into the air or dump tons of toxic waste into a nearby stream, and that was perfectly legal. They could not be taken to court to stop it.
How was that possible? Because there was no EPA, no Clean Air Act, no Clean Water Act. There were no legal or regulatory mechanisms to protect our environment.
In Spring 1970, Senator Gaylord Nelson created Earth Day as a way to “force this issue onto the national agenda.” 20 million Americans demonstrated in different U.S. cities, and it worked!
Today, we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. Back in 1970, green was a color. Today, it's a way of life.
Let's raise our refillable stainless steel water bottles in a toast to Mother Earth:
We honor you today and every day. Thank you!