Yesterday was Earth Day. While you may have missed it yesterday, Earth Day has a history that stretches back to 1970. But, if you read below, you will find that there was a battle between Earth Days at that time, sorta like the battle between Beta and VHS. The video battle for home use was won by VHS and the Earth Day battle was won by the April 22 crowd and not the United Nations. But, now we have Earth Week. Where did this come from? Apparently, several cities began taking up the time from April 16 to April 22 as an opportunity to promote energy saving ideas, recycling and other stuff that will save the world. However, it seems that there may be a battle brewing over this as well. Seems that UC Berkley, has designated the calendar week for its activities and I hear Oprah promoting Earth Week. Something tells me that Earth Week of the calendar week of April 22 will win out over April 16-April 22.
Here is something I bet none of the Earth Week festivities will tell you about. Below are links to a story that aired on TV last year. Now, I was under the impression that documentaries were about truth but this one points out that “An Inconvenient Truth” inconveniently didn’t tell anyone that the producers (Al Gore?) used computer generated visuals, in at least one instance, to enhance its point. It makes me wonder how many other images were doctored or how much of a grain of salt needs to be taken when considering the verbiage. I mean, you do remember the “hockey stick graph” used in the movie was determined to be wrong or fraudulent, depending on your point of view. Is it the real inconvenient truth that “Inconvenient Truth” has lies of omission? Anyway, you be the judge.
The image from above was from Apollo 17, the final moon mission. I like it because it’s not some doctored up picture and shows the earth as it really is (was).
Earth Day is rather interesting because there are two people who get credit for its invention. If you look up International Earth Day, you will find that John McConnell claims to have introduced the idea to the UN in September of 1969. He said that nature provided the perfect day on the Spring Equinox. The first UN sanctioned Earth day was on March 21, 1970. The UN Peace Bell is rung on every UN earth day. Their website says that the purpose of Earth Day is “to celebrate Earth’s life and beauty and to alert earthlings to the need for preserving and renewing the threatened ecological balances upon which all life on Earth depends.”
But, the media has grabbed on to another Earth Day, April 22. This first Earth Day was held on this date in 1970. This was the brainchild of Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson who said, “The objective was to get a nationwide demonstration of concern for the environment so large that it would shake the political establishment out of its lethargy and, finally, force this issue permanently onto the national political agenda.” I guess he had the most juice because most people think of April 22 as Earth Day and political aims seem to have been met in July of 1970, when President Nixon by Executive Order established the Environmental Protection Agency, which some would find ironic. But there are several ironies regarding Earth Day with one including Nixon himself.
Ironic historical notes about Earth Day:
April 22, 1915: The German Army first introduced the use of poison gas on the battlefield as they fired 150 tons of Chlorine into Allied lines. Happy Earth Day.
April 22, 1992: More than 200 people were killed and 1000 buildings damaged when the sewers exploded in Guadalajara, Mexico after natural gas filled the lines. The warning signs were there but
apparently the government nor the government controlled national oil company did anything about it. Happy Earth Day.
April 22, 1994: The guy who was perhaps spurred by the first Earth Day, President Nixon, to create the Environmental Protection Agency….died.
BTW…I still think we should be focusing the attention on water pollution more than climate change…but alas…there doesn’t seem to be any money in that.
Weather Bottom Line: Weather story is still on track. Look for low to mid 70′s on Thursday. Friday through Monday, look for highs in the low to mid 80′s. As you can see above, the SPC is advertising possible thunderstorm activity just to our west and southwest…in fact they have the threat area in part of the viewing area. I personally don’t get it. There is some ridging showing up in the afternoon through the evening into early Friday. This is on both the NAM and GFS. Even if you don’t get that, I don’t think that the moisture return will be getting going well enough. I do wonder about airmass stuff this weekend with temps so warm but the next real chance for rain doesn’t seem to show up until something like Tuesday.