Yard Stop Garden Center Sponsors Earth Day
Earth Day was founded by Senator Gaylord Anton Nelson from Wisconsin. As an american politician and environmentalist he held the first environmental teach-in on April 22, 1970. This teach-in launched a new wave of environmental activism in America and around the world. Earth Day now includes events in more than 193 countries worldwide, with various events held to demonstrate support for environmental protection.
What is Earth Day, and what is it meant to accomplish?
It is a day of political action and civic participation. People march, sign petitions, meet with their elected officials, plant trees, clean up their towns and roads. Corporations and governments use it to make pledges and announce sustainability measures. Faith leaders, including Pope Francis, connect Earth Day with protecting God’s greatest creations, humans, biodiversity and the planet that we all live on.
Earth Day Network, the organization that leads Earth Day worldwide, has chosen as the theme for 2018 to End Plastic Pollution, including creating support for a global effort to eliminate primarily single-use plastics along with global regulation for the disposal of plastics. EDN is educating millions of people about the health and other risks associated with the use and disposal of plastics, including pollution of our oceans, water, and wildlife, and about the growing body of evidence that plastic waste is creating serious global problems.
From poisoning and injuring marine life to the ubiquitous presence of plastics in our food to disrupting human hormones and causing major life-threatening diseases and early puberty, the exponential growth of plastics is threatening our planet’s survival.