Today is ‘EARTH DAY 2011’ Pay Respect

In honor of Earth Day, celebrated April 22 each year, here are 22 bits of information to inspire awareness of and appreciation for Mother Earth.  1. Earth Day was founded by United States Sen. Gaylord Nelson from Wisconsin as an environmental teach-in first held on April 22, 1970, after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, Calif.  Each year, Earth Day - April 22 - marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. At the time, Americans were slurping leaded gas through massive V8 sedans. Industry belched out smoke and sludge with little fear of legal consequences or bad press. Air pollution was commonly accepted as the smell of prosperity. "Environment" was a word that appeared more often in spelling bees than on the evening news.  2. Love your kid, love your planet! The Green Moms Group is here for moms to share eco-friendly ideas to get you thinking green, living green and buying green - and how we can raise green kids! Together, we can create a healthier environment and a healthier future for our families. Go to gulfcoast.momslikeme.com.  3. Today is "Bike/ Walk/Run Day" - Leave the keys on the counter and propel yourself where you want to go just for the HEALTH of it. Go to trails.com/google map.aspx or maps. google.com (and click on the pedestrian or bicyclist icon) to map your route.  4. We are in the midst of 10 days of region-wide Transportation Transformation events and activities, highlighting Earth Day.  UGottaGoGreen.com has partnered with Commuter Services of the Florida Department of Transportation, the city of Fort Myers, Naples Pathways Coalition, Florida Department of Health and Sus tainableSouthWestFlorida.org to orchestrate regional exploration of alternative transportation options.  It's one of the most widespread and far-reaching campaigns to prepare Southwest Florida sustainably for the 21st Century.  "Taking it to the streets'' is about making conscious decisions about how you commute and get from one place to another and tracking "Vehicle Miles Reduced" or your "VMR."In honor of Earth Day, celebrated April 22 each year, here are 22 bits of information to inspire awareness of and appreciation for Mother Earth.

Earth Day was founded by United States Sen. Gaylord Nelson from Wisconsin as an environmental teach-in first held on April 22, 1970, after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, Calif.

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