We asked environmental leaders to us what they'd pledge to do on Earth Day to help the planet. What will you do?
Earth Day began in 1970 as a response to an oil spill. The idea was to push more people to think about the problems that were plaguing the country’s air and water as a way of making people care about solving them. These days, Earth Day is celebrated every year on April 22—this Sunday.
But in an age when we’re more likely to talk about “going green” instead of “saving the environment” Earth Day has become a commercial opportunity for the hoards of companies with green products to sell. We wanted to celebrate the day by thinking about what we might do, instead of what we might buy, in order to help the planet.