Happy Earth Week from LJB!

This week, we will be releasing a series of posts about Sustainability and how we can all Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Refuse. And, anyone local to our Miamisburg, Ohio, headquarters is invited to participate in our Earth Day celebration on April 24 from 11-12:30 p.m., complete with an animal encounter, plant exchange, and vendors to help promote sustainability.

History of Earth Day

Earth Day marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. Up to this point, no regulations regarding emissions or waste disposal existed, and it was legal to discharge toxic waste into the air or streams.

Senator Gaylord Nelson (Wis.) was instrumental in instigating political change related to environmental protection.

Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin founded Earth Day, after witnessing the destruction caused by the 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara, CA. Senator Nelson thought that by infusing the energy of the student anti-war movement with an increasing public awareness of air and water pollution, it would force environmental protection onto the national political agenda.  He created a bi-partisan team to help him in this campaign, mobilizing 20 million Americans of diverse racial, economic and political backgrounds to demonstrate in cities across the U.S. on April 22—hence, the annual date for Earth Day.

In December 1970, Congress authorized the creation of a new federal agency, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, to tackle environmental issues, leading to the passage of the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act.

Earth Day 2018

Today, Earth Day is the largest secular observance in the world, and is celebrated by more than a billion people every year, and is seen as a day of action that promotes changes in human behavior and provokes policy changes to better our planet now and for future generations.

This year’s campaign theme is, “End Plastic Pollution.” Plastic litters our land and enters our waterways, effecting wildlife and water quality, as well as the beauty of natural areas.

Did you know:

  • 50% of the plastic we use is used just once and thrown away (e.g., plastic straws, plates, bags, and so on)?
  • Enough plastic is thrown away each year to circle the earth four times
  • It takes 500-1,000 years for plastic to degrade. Today, billions of pounds of plastic are found in swirling convergences in the oceans.

For more information about Earth Day and steps you can take to protect the environment every day, visit https://www.earthday.org/. Or, click here to view a video explaining how much our world has changed since the first Earth Day in 1970 and ways you can contribute to a more sustainable future.

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