DEEP: Connecticut Celebrates Earth Day

Earth Day - April 22, 2017

 
What is Earth Day?

Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22. Worldwide, various events are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection.  First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day events in more than 193 countries are now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network.
 
 
Celebrate Earth Day by participating in a local event or volunteer opportunity.
 
 
 
 
 
How Far We've Come!

Air Quality:  From 1970 to 2015, aggregate national emissions of the six common pollutants (PM, ozone, lead, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide and sulfur dioxide) dropped an average of 70 percent while gross domestic product grew by 246 percent. This progress reflects efforts by state, local and tribal governments; EPA; private sector companies; environmental groups working together for clean air
 
  {View of Hartford in 1972}
Overlooking Hartford - 1972
{View of Hartford in 2015}
Overlooking Hartford - Today
 
  {Overlook View of Hartford - no smog}
 
 
Natural Resources: Ospreys prefer to build their nests in the large branches of dead trees. As development and storms eliminated many of these trees, some ospreys began to build their nests on the ground.  The development of nesting platforms has been a crucial management action for the recovery of osprey populations.
 
  {Osprey Nest - circa 1940 at Great island in Old Lyme}
Photo circa 1940 at Great Island in Old Lyme
{An osprey family uses a nesting platform along the Connecticut shoreline.}
An osprey family uses a nesting platform along the Connecticut shoreline.
 
Water: Typical uses for our valuable water resources include drinking water supply, habitat for fish and wildlife, assimilation of water discharges, and recreational opportunities such as fishing and swimming. Thanks to Connecticut’s many water quality protection measures, such as the CT Water Quality Standards, our waters are now better protected to support these uses.
 
{Discharge pipe into river}
Discharge into river - 1969
{West Branch Farmington River today}
West Branch Farmington River - Now
 
History:
 
On April 22, 1970, Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin started an environmental revolution. Nelson held the first Earth Day celebration in which 20 million people participated in awareness raising activities that would become the country's first organized activity for the environment. The events of that day have had a permanent impact on public opinion regarding the importance of the environment. Every April 22nd has officially been deemed Earth Day and each year rallies and demonstrations are held to educate and inform the public about our precious natural resources. To learn more, read "How the First Earth Day Came About" by Senator Gaylord Nelson.
 
 
 
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