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United States Senator Gaylord Nelson created Earth Day on April 22, 1970, when twenty million Americans demonstrated in different U.S. cities to fight for environmental protection. Since 1970, Earth Day has been celebrated to honor our planet and the fight for a clean environment for all.
Interestingly, two women are critical to Earth Day – Rachel Carson and Jane Addams. Rachel Carson’s 1962 New York Times bestseller, Silent Spring, is regarded as a "watershed moment, selling more than 500,000 copies in 24 countries as it raised public awareness and concern for living organisms, the environment and the inextricable links between pollution and public health." Preceding her was Jane Addams, the first American woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize, whose work taught the world that “environmental activism not only includes preservation of the earth’s resources, but an assurance those living in all communities have equal access to clean air, food and water.”
It is quite fitting then that during the same week in which environmental justice is celebrated on Earth Day, as a nation we witnessed a big step towards justice when the killer of Mr. George Floyd was held accountable for the May 25, 2020 murder of Mr. George Floyd. While the guilty verdict has prompted relief, ambivalence is also present. Will we as a society collectively continue the movement towards ensuring values of fairness, equality, diversity, equity, and inclusion for all of humanity? Lawyers Club is unequivocally because we oppose discrimination in any form and against any group as antithetical to our mission and core values.