20 Apr Eco-friendly options for Earth Day
On April 22, 1970 CBS ran a news special called Earth Day: A Question of Survival. Walter Cronkite was the host. “A unique day in American history is ending,” Cronkite told his audience, “a day set aside for a nationwide outpouring of mankind seeking its own survival: Earth Day, a day dedicated to enlisting all the citizens in a bountiful country in a common cause of saving life from the deadly byproducts of that bounty. The fouled skies, the filthy waters, the littered earth.
It was the very first Earth Day. Two years later, in 1972, Jerry Zepatos launched Zepco his fencing company. His goal was to offer homeowners in Broward and Palm Beach Counties the best commercial fences, ornamental fences and residential wood fences and to install those fences without cutting any corners. Jerry was also determined to offer the best prices possible.
A lot has changed in the intervening years. Zepco Fence has grown to become one of the highest-rated wooden fence installers in the area but Jerry has never wavered on his commitment to quality.
The environmental movement has also made significant progress, but there is still a lot left to do. Most rivers in this country run cleaner these days, but our oceans are being choked with plastic debris. That’s why, here at Zepco Wooden Fence Company, we are proud to offer our customers eco-friendly green options, including Ecostone and Ecostone Plus from SimTek.
As for the first Earth Day, Cronkite said, “As a demonstration, its success was mixed. Beyond expectations here, far below there. No one now can know exactly how many took part, but we do have an idea of how many planned participation: Student groups in 2,000 college and 10,000 lower schools, citizen groups in 2,000 communities.
“By one measurement,” he said, “Earth Day failed. It did not unite. Its demonstrators were predominantly young, predominantly white, predominantly anti-Nixon, often its protests appeared frivolous. Its protesters curiously carefree.
“Yet the gravity of the message of Earth Day still came through: act or die.”
Bruce Morton reported from Denver, where auto pollution was a big contributor to the city’s ranking as the 17th most-polluted city in America. On the first Earth Day, high school students there rode bikes around the state capital building to prove there were transportation options. “The altitude increases car engine’s pollution output, it doesn’t do a thing to bikes,” Morton reported. “Somebody in the cheerful, disorganized crowd said, ‘Let’s clean up’ and several hundred young people did, scouring the Capital grounds for litter. Cleanups like this went on in many parts of Denver today.”
Hundreds more students walked to the main event, where they were joined by their bike-riding counterparts. (And, in case you’re wondering, the schools were not closed but officials had announced that absences would be excused.) The crowd swelled to about 5,000. Most were young, but not all. Most were white, but not all. Then Governor Gaylord Nelson signed a proclamation calling for action.
“This is a place for purple mountains’ majesty,” Morton said of Denver. “A place where on a clear day, the legend says, you could see forever. The clear days are fewer now and instead of forever, the view often stops with haze. Next to Los Angeles, Denver has the best climate in the country for producing smog. In this unlikely seeming place, the air is threatened. Earth Day is a focus for efforts to save it.”