Earth Day a chance for residents to stand up for environment
The very first Earth Day took place April 22, 1970, and solicited the participation of tens of millions Americans to take a public stand in support of the environment and public health.
The idea for an Earth Day was proposed by Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. senator from Wisconsin. Along with a congressional delegation, Nelson observed the aftermath of the January 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill, which released more than 90,000 barrels of crude oil into the Santa Barbara channel. The media coverage of this environmental catastrophe caused outrage all across our nation as photos of the devastation included images of dead sea lions, dolphins and water fowl.
Over the years, the village of Carol Stream and other local governments have championed Earth Day by hosting recycling collection events, highway and park cleanup days, environmental education programs in schools, ceremonial tree plantings and native flower landscaping of public properties throughout the community. Since 2008, the village and its recycling partners have collected and responsibly recycled more than 50 tons of electronics and shredded more than 14,000 pounds of personal documents collected at planned Earth Day recycling events.
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