Earth Day
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The founding of Earth Day is said to be the idea of former Senator Gaylord Nelson, D-Wis., and former United Nations Secretary General U. Thant. Nelson's date of April 22 has stuck with the tradition. Today, 192 countries celebrate Earth Day, and in recent times lobbying groups and environmental organizations use the secular holiday to press for government action on behalf of the environment. Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970 in New York City and Philadelphia, however the Philadelphia celebration seems to be the one more noted. Former Sen. Edmund Muskie, D-Maine, who later became President James E. Carter's Secretary of State, was the keynote speaker of Philadelphia's 1970 Earth Day celebration.

As a reminder to be kinder to our planet for the next 365 days, we’ve put together 20 quotes that will inspire us:

“The good man is the friend of all living things.” – Gandhi

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” – Albert Einstein

“There is hope if people will begin to awaken that spiritual part of themselves, that heartfelt knowledge that we are caretakers of this planet.” – Brooke Medicine Eagle

“I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” – Jane Goodall

“The environment is where we all meet; where all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share.” – Lady Bird Johnson

“A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

“And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.” – William Shakespeare

“For 200 years we've been conquering Nature. Now we're beating it to death.” – Tom McMillan

“After a visit to the beach, it's hard to believe that we live in a material world.” – Pam Shaw

“We have met the enemy and he is us.” – Walt Kelly

“There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth. We are all crew.” – Marshall McLuhan

“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.” – Native American Proverb

“The earth is what we all have in common.” – Wendell Berry

“You can't be suspicious of a tree, or accuse a bird or a squirrel of subversion or challenge the ideology of a violet.” – Hal Borland

“He that plants trees loves others beside himself.” – Thomas Fuller

“Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another.” – Juvenal, Satires

“I only feel angry when I see waste. When I see people throwing away things we could use.” – Mother Teresa

“On earth there is no heaven, but there are pieces of it.” – Jules Renard

“We are all here on earth to help others; what on earth the others are here for I don't know.” – W. H. Auden

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