By Dale Mayo
In the 1960s, before there was an Environmental Protection Agency and few laws protected air and water, industrial pollution was common. Rachel Carson’s New York Times bestseller Silent Spring was published in 1962 and raised public awareness about the environment and the links between pollution and public health. Also in 1962, Gaylord Nelson, known as “the Conservation Governor” of Wisconsin for two terms, was elected to the US Senate, where he focused on national environmental issues for 18 years. Earth Day was his idea – to focus on the different environmental issues facing different parts of the country.
In 1970, the first Earth Day was a huge success, not only for the numbers of participants, but also it brought together Republicans and Democrats and people from all demographics – rich and poor, union members and business leaders, farmers and urban dwellers, scientists, and politicians – who came together for the environment. Groups that had been fighting individually against pollution, and destruction of wilderness, and the extinction of wildlife united on Earth Day around these shared common values. By the end of 1970, the first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency., 
Earth Day has since become a global phenomenon – in 1990 Earth Day mobilized 200 million people in 141 countries to lift environmental issues onto the world stage. More than a billion people now recognize and actively participate in Earth Day events.
According to the earthday.org website, Restore Our EarthTM, focuses on natural processes, emerging green technologies, and innovative thinking that can restore the world’s ecosystems. Mitigation and adaptation are not the only ways to address climate change, rather, every one of us is responsible, as we all need a healthy Earth to support our jobs, livelihoods, health and survival, and happiness. A healthy planet is not an option — it is a necessity. There are five pillars of Restore Our EarthTM that can be found on the EarthDay.org website: the canopy projectTM, food and environment, the great global cleanupTM, climate literacy, and the global earth challengeTM.
For Earth Day 2021, the president has planned a virtual Earth Day Summit to persuade world leaders to address the climate crisis. The pandemic may have provided a good kickstart to environmental restoration.
A singular upside to the Covid-19 pandemic has been its positive impact on the environment. As the movement of people was stopped to slow the spread of coronavirus infection, there was a noticeable decline in pollution and greenhouse gas emission. Research indicates that the lockdown has reduced environmental pollution worldwide. In spite of a 17% global reduction of CO2 noted during the past year, CO2 remains at record levels. As life begins to return to normal with the vaccines and subsequent reduction in virus cases and deaths, the world may return to behaviors that contribute to environmental pollution including commuting and air travel. It is possible, however, that we will be offered more ecological/sustainable future travel. In addition to more interest in eco-tourism, there may be other changes in travel, for example, France is considering a ban on short-haul domestic flights where train alternatives exist.
Another current and future boost for the environment is that during the pandemic more people than ever turned to nature, actively gardened, and participated in citizen science. New and improving technology allows more people to participate in collecting data that can be used to show trends in all kinds of fields – public health, environmental restoration, population movements, agricultural information, and even fish populations and movements. It is also easier to illustrate and disseminate information using this data to focus on specific issues. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration lists a different citizen science project every day from April 1 to Earth Day. The International Cooperation for Animal Research using Space (ICARUS), a collaboration between scientists and German, Russian, and European space agencies, is tracking – from space - more than 2,000 GPS-tagged animals representing 600 species to see where they go and how they live (and possibly how they transmit disease). Here is a link to a geographic information system (GIS) blog that uses maps that show racial disparity, the Covid-19 pandemic, and air pollution: ArcGIS Living Atlas: five maps you (and your team) should see. The internet also provides an easy and inexpensive way for environmental organizations to disseminate information, request donations, and advertise events. We can learn of the effects of activities that take place far from us and can voice our concerns working with expert groups, agencies, and foundations.
Grizzly bears on Naknek Lake in Katmai National Park. Paxzon Woelber, Cinders to Sea Expedition (from American Rivers website: Rivers of Bristol Bay, Alaska https://www.americanrivers.org/endangered-rivers/rivers-of-bristol-bay-ak/)
A good example how such environmental concern can be successful is the rejection Pebble Mine Project, which threatened the rivers, streams, wetlands, wildlife (including half the world’s supply of wild sockeye salmon), and Alaska Natives around Bristol Bay, Alaska. After years of bipartisan effort and the work of many environmental organizations, Bristol Bay has been protected for now. The US Army Corps of Engineers denied a permit for the mine in November 2020.
In 2020, Earth Day events took place only online and there will be both in person and online activities in 2021. Links to events can be found at www.earthday.org and links to events shown on a world map can be found here, at Earth Day Events.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the US had a well-earned reputation as a global leader in sustainability. US fishermen abide by some of the most rigorous environmental measures in the world for both wild-caught and farmed species.
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