Yes I do!
I knew I couldn’t miss the opportunity to write about this very groovy decade this week. This was the time when my parents were growing up and trying to figure things out for themselves. I love the stories that they would tell me when I was little, and the real version of the stories that they can finally tell me now. Plus, all the great music of the seventies will forever remind me of my parents. The Eagles, Genesis, Pink Floyd, AC/DC, Lynard Skynard, James Taylor, and I could go on for days. To me the 70’s and the 90’s are neck and neck for the best decade of music there ever was. And seriously, there is nothing like a pair of bell bottom jeans, platform shoes, and a polyester flower print shirt. I’m just saying.
Even Barbie was a hippie
The hippie way of life may have begun in the late 60’s but it was certainly flourishing through the 70’s. It only seems right that such an environmentally conscious day like Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970. Earth Day Network was founded by the organizers of the first Earth Day, and they were determined to promote environmental citizenship all year-round. The first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts. Gaylord Nelson, Earth Day’s founder, harnessed the anti-war protest movement and focused it on the real issue that people seemed to be ignoring, our planet. Yes, the war going on in Vietnam was important, but as Americans we were totally oblivious to the damage we were causing our planet. Nelson took a huge gamble with putting together Earth Day, but it paid off huge as well. On April 22, 1970 Republicans, Democrats, rich, poor, country, and city dwellers took the streets and beyond to show their support for Mother Earth. The fact that over 1 billion people participate in Earth Day activities every year speaks to the power of this movement, but even more powerful are the other 364 days when people are also engaged in EDN activities. Another great environmental power house that was founded in 1970 is Clean Wisconsin. CW protects and preserve’s Wisconsin’s air and water resources, and works to create a cleaner environment by standing up and letting their voice be heard. CW works on three main fronts to protect its great state; lobbying, litigation, and citizen action and education. It is the oldest and largest group working to save the natural heritage of Wisconsin. It also just happens that Gaylord Nelson was a senator from Wisconsin during this time, and CW was actually founded on the very first Earth Day back in 1970. I could not have planned that better if I tried.
Earth Day Network Donation
Clean Wisconsin Donation
So here’s to you 1970’s! You were the era of hot pants, mini skirts, and go-go boots, and that contagious fever that John Travolta started on Saturday night. You were also a time of revolution, change, protest, hugs, drugs, and free love. Some of those I think we could probably do without today, but I think you were onto something seventies. You knew how to make people feel inspired, and do something about it. Thanks for showing us how to put up or shut up.