On Earth Day 2018,
Americans need to defend their planet
like its 1970
Trump and his minions
A tractor drives through a giant pile of plastic bottles at the San Francisco Recycling Center April 22, 2008, in San Francisco, Calif.
(Photo: Justin Sullivan, Getty Images)
are rolling back hard-fought environmental regulations
as fast as they can.
We're not ready to defend our planet this time.
Are we ready?
Some 48 years ago we were.
April 22, 1970, was about to happen.
It would be the first Earth Day, proposed by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson, Democrat of Wisconsin.
The estimate by observers was that 20 million people had turned out on the big day.
It was a celebration of the priceless value of the Earth to its inhabitants.
One particular aspect of that first environmental day
was that the entire Congress adjourned and traveled to home states and districts to hear what constituents in towns and cities — the entire country — had to say.
With one voice, the peaceful grassroots protesters said to the Congress,
Over the next several years, Congress