The history of Earth Day started on April 22, 1970 when a Senator from Wisconsin named Gaylord Nelson achieved a rare political alignment, enlisting support from Republicans and Democrats, rich and poor, city slickers and farmers, tycoons and labor leaders. 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. "It was a gamble," Gaylord recalled, "but it worked."
I know what you are thinking, I wonder too what may happen if our current elected officials put their minds together to accomplish . . . well mostly anything that would benefit us.
I believe, although I wasn't alive at the time that farmers gave the most to the building of Earth Day with the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency. As an Agriculture community the creation of the EPA really became an open door for the government to our operations 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. However, we as farmers/ranchers also have the most to lose if we polluted our natural resources.