On Monday, April 22, communities around the world celebrated Earth Day. Founded nearly 43 years ago in 1970, Earth Day was created by former U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, Gaylord Nelson in response to the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill which had a significant impact on marine life in the Channel, killing thousands of sea birds, dolphins, elephant seals and sea lions. It’s considered the 3rd largest oil spill in the U.S. followed by the Exxon Valdez and Deepwater Horizon. In what’s been described as a ‘grass roots explosion’ the first Earth Day gained support of 20 million Americans across the country participating in activities focused on environmental issues.
In keeping with this yearly tradition of helping to sustain a healthier environment and protect our planet, the State of Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has put together more than 40 environmental tips to incorporate into daily living including activities such as attracting Blue Birds to your yard, clean boating and supporting your local farmer’s market. Visit: Environmental Tips for Earth Day and Every Day for tips and more!