From the EPA website (written in 1980):
Earth Day 1970 made it clear that we could summon the public support, the energy, and commitment to save our environment. And while the struggle is far from over, we have made substantial progress. In the ten years since 1970 much of the basic legislation needed to protect the environment has been enacted into law: the Clean Air Act, the Water Quality Improvement Act, the Water Pollution and Control Act Amendments, the Resource Recovery Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the Toxic Substances Control Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, the Federal Environmental Pesticide Control Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Federal Land Policy and Management Act, and the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act. And, the most important piece of environmental legislation in our history, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) was signed into law on January 1, 1970. NEPA came about in response to the same public pressure which later produced Earth Day.
The work is not finished today, 40 years later. We must stand for protecting our environment: the air we breathe, the waterways that furnish recreation and drinking water and public lands that give us a place to getaway. We must stop using the ocean as a dumping ground for sewerage and plastic. Read the labels! Get the poisons out of our homes and out of the planting fields. Hold our government entities responsible for their primary mandate.
Happy Earth Day
May 22, 2010
May 22, 2010