s skippy the bush kangaroo: happy earth day

skippy the bush kangaroo

Sunday, April 22, 2012

happy earth day

from santa barbara. the place where it all began.
the genesis of earth day is credited to senator gaylord nelson (d), then a u.s. senator from wisconsin, after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in santa barbara, california. inspired by the student anti-war movement, he called for an environmental teach-in, or earth day, to be held on april 22, 1970. over 20 million people participated that year, and this earth day is now observed on april 22 each year by more than 500 million people and several national governments in 175 countries. wikipedia
...the story of this annual celebration actually started with a tragedy. on january 28, 1969, an oil platform six miles off of santa barbara's coast ruptured, sending 80,000 to 100,000 barrels of crude oil into the santa barbara channel over the next 10 days. the oil spread from goleta to ventura, killing thousands of sea birds, as well as dolphins, elephant seals, and sea lions.

"it's hard to imagine today, but at the time it was the largest oil spill in the u.s.," said marc mcginnes, retired ucsb environmental studies program professor. (today the santa barbara spill ranks third behind the deepwater horizon spill in the gulf in 2010 and the exxon valdez spill in 1989.) "what we now know as the environmental movement was just emerging. it was events like this and fires burning on the cuyahoga River that got people's attention." - community environmental council

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