Were you aware that the we are celebrating Earth Day’s 4oth Anniversary this year? In 1970, 20 million Americans sprung into action to bring environmental issues to the forefront, creating Earth Day, and in the same year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was also born! Thus began a stream of regulatory mechanisms to protect our environment, such as the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act. Hard to believe that only 40 years ago, a factory could dump toxic waste into a stream flowing nearby, and there were no legal ramifications for wreaking havoc on the ecosystem in the surrounding area. We’ve really come a long way in a short amount of time!

What are you doing to celebrate Earth Day this year? Pledging to recycle more, and use less? Bringing your own cloth bags to the grocery store? Planting a vegetable garden this Spring?

For more illuminating facts on the history of Earth Day and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), visit Earth Day and EPA History.