Realizing that this admission will completely document my age and provide my children with the final proof that I am an old fogey. I remember the first Earth Day that was celebrated during the third week of April in 1970, 40 years ago. I was 14 years old and had become very aware of how we can be a part of the change that protects our environment. I continue to hold the power of the environmental movement as an important tenant of my personal philosophy. My environmental awareness was kindled and fueled by being an active member of the Boy Scouts of America. That organization continues to this day to be among the foremost pro-environmental organizations that this country will ever see.
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My father was our Scoutmaster then and I remember walking with him on that day, swinging the hoedad to open the soil for the seedling, and dropping in the tree. It was a great day for a 14-year-old to be with his dad. We had many such times, but this day is one I truly remember.
Fort Robinson Tree Plants, near Crawford, Nebraska with their own Scout Troop. I always remember my time on that Earth Day 40 years back as my own sons sink the hoedad into the earth and drop in a Ponderosa pine seedling.
Thank you Dad for my Earth Day memories.