Earth Day: A Time To Celebrate Progress
April 22, 2010
ABERDEEN, S.D. - Today marks the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day, and is a time many recognize the progress of the environmental movement. Earth Day began as a national teach-in about threats to our natural world. Since then, it has become an annual event observed around the globe.
Pete Carrels of the South Dakota Sierra Club says Earth Day has helped the environmental movement go mainstream.
"Environmentalism isn't such a mysterious thing anymore. People are looking more at environmental values as being things that are tangible and relate to how we live our lives."
Carrels says Earth Day observations over the years have helped people better understand energy sources and the clean possibilities.
"We're talking now about energy sources that are clean, and energy sources that are renewable. We're having serious conversations about fossil fuels, and despite the availability of coal, people are really taking a serious look at why coal is destructive and unnecessary. I think those are all reflections on the environmental movement making great strides."
The environmental movement can also take credit for healthier foods and products becoming successful in the marketplace, he adds.