Milestones in Environmental Protection

Tuesday, April 22nd is Earth Day, and many consider the first Earth Day celebration in 1970 to be the true launch of the modern environmental movement. While it certainly was a significant event, the beginnings of the U.S. environmental movement can be traced as far back as 1739, though it was not called environmentalism at the time and was still considered conservation until the 1950s.


The conservationist principles were initially the bedrock of modern environmentalism. As we moved into the 20th century, environmental ideas continued to grow with organizations like The Sierra Club and Greenpeace, as well as the book “Silent Spring” by Rachel Carson - all playing key roles in the growth of the environmental movement during this time period.


By clicking here, you can see a timeline of milestones in environmental protection, courtesy of Enjoy this little journey through time and recalling key periods and moments in the evolution of where we are today with environmental science and protection. We still have quite a distance to go, but we have also made some strides over time, and it’s helpful to be reminded of that.


Even though most of us now know Earth Day as an annual celebration, it did not begin that way. The first Earth Day was in 1970 with more than 20 million in attendance. The second Earth Day celebration didn’t occur until twenty years later in 1990 with 100 million people around the globe participating. This began the tradition of celebrating Earth Day annually on April 22nd.


Enjoy the timeline and have a wonderful Earth Day celebration... and remember, however mindful you are of the issues that we face with our environment on Earth Day, don’t let go of that passion and diligence once the day is over. We really need for everyone to be engaged everyday with passion, intelligence and thoughtfulness when it comes to our environment.


Working in the organic and natural foods industry means that you are a key representative in your community when it comes to the environment. Embrace that role, become a leader, and let's move forward together working towards creating a clean environment that will serve generations of citizens enabling our planet to serve as a comfortable and healthy home.