Every Day is Earth Day at EmPower Solar
Apr 25, 2014
by EmPower Solar
“The Earth is what we all have in common.” – Wendell Berry
Earth Day is one of the most celebrated civic holiday in America, and we all know it’s good to reuse, reduce, and recycle. But, why does Earth Day really matter?
To shape our future we have to understand our past. This is a commonly recognized theory, but let’s consider this concept from the perspective of Earth Day.
Social and environmental activism on college campuses was prevalent in the 1960s, and this public excitement was inspiring, particularly to Gaylord Nelson. You’ve probably never heard of Gaylord, but this man was a senator in Wisconsin who advocated for local reforms to clean waterways, protect natural resources, and create green jobs, and in 1969, he declared to unite national grassroots movements. Today, this grassroots movement celebration is known as Earth Day.
It’s estimated that 20 million Americans took part on the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, giving rise to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in December 1970, and later, the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and legal responsibility to protect our natural resources.
Working at EmPower Solar provides us with a unique opportunity to celebrate Earth Day every day. Every day we promote using the power of the sun to power the homes of New York and together we are lessening our dependence on fossil fuels and our acceptance of pollution.
While we love to save each and every customer money, and we do — more than $100,000 over 30 years in many instances — we are thankful to work at a company that also does good for the environment.
Protecting the earth means protecting our natural and most vital resources. From the water we drink and the food we eat, to the air we breathe that’s provided by the plants we grow, we are honored to protect it.
- Gaylord Nelson and Earth Day: The Making of the Modern Environmental Movement, http://nelsonearthday.net/earth-day/index.html
- United States Environmental Protection Agency – Earth Day and EPA History, http://www.epa.gov/earthday/history.html