page 12 Ways to Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day
By Jonathan Merritt
In the late 1960s, many Americans were emerging from a purple haze and thinking about going green. With the help of books like Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, people began realizing that God's green earth was falling into an amalgam of polluted lakes, smoggy skylines, and acid rain. In September 1969, Senator Gaylord Nelson proposed that America set aside April 22 to focus on environmental concerns.
In the four decades since then, many problems have been alleviated while new ones have arisen, but one thing remains constant: people are still popping sustainable corks on April 22. Here are a few fun and faith-filled ways to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day.
Jonathan Merritt is author of Green Like God: Unlocking the Divine Plan for Our Planet.