The first Earth Day was celebratedÂ in 1970.Â It was created by founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. senator from Wisconsin.Â Â This year Earth Day will officially be celebrated on Tuesday, April 22, although many eventsÂ are planned beyond that one day. It is estimated that 1 billion people will come together across the globe to focus on steps to better the environment.
Many schools are making use of an on-line ecological footprint quiz to help students understand how much productive land and water they need to support what they use and what they discard. This is all well and good. All Americans should be good stewards of the environment.
Most troubling, however, is the acceptance that CO2 is a pollutant and greenhouse gas that causes global warming. CO2 gained its celebrity status as a pollutant after a 5-4 ruling by the Supreme Court. Since then much has been made of the carbon dioxide being pumped out of car tailpipes. This is the same carbon dioxide that is essential in our life support system. Without carbon dioxide there would be no plant or human life.
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