In 1969, a catastrophic drilling accident saw some 3 million tons of crude oil spilling into the Santa Barbara channel in Southern California. This disaster spearheaded the global Earth Day movement. It also resulted in several new environmental laws being passed, such as the Clean Water and National Environmental Policy Acts.
But the 2015 Refugio oil spill in the very same waters led us to question whether we are learning from our mistakes, or horribly failing our planet. Solemn as that may be, nearly 50 years since its founding, the mission of the Earth Day organization to diversify, educate, and activate the environmental movement worldwide holds true with close to one billion participants in Earth Day activities each year.
The campaign theme for this year's Earth Day is Environmental & Climate Literacy. Visit www.earthday.org to see how you can play your part.