by Dr. Bernadette Roche, The Church of the Transfiguration, Braddock Heights
Earth Day began in the U. S. in 1970 as a day to celebrate the planet and encourage people to be more environmentally friendly; pro-active even. It is now an annual event, and is widely regarded as the beginning of the modern environmental movement. It is held each year on April 22nd. Activities associated with the day often include planting trees, raising awareness about recycling and composting, volunteering for blue-green projects, and reducing the amount of energy people consume. Earth Day is supported by a host of individuals, families, faith communities and companies and governments around the world, but is largely ignored, if not dismissed, by the current Administration.