Earth Day 2019: a reflection on where we are and where we’ve been

Whatever your political fingerprint, we all have an environmental footprint. And, as you may be aware, our goal with gnomi is to bring transparency to, and start conversation around, the issues that matter most in our society. This is exactly why we chose to include environment as a topic category on the gnomi app, along with other topics such as healthcare, military and foreign policy.

Because environmental concerns are something that affect us all (7 billion+ living under the same sun and breathing the same air… incredible), it is often the focus of global politics and debate. Some trending environmental topics of interest include: climate change, oil drilling, fracking, plastic product pollution and alternative energy. Like other categories on the gnomi app, political parties across the spectrum stand divided.

That is why it is up to US, the people, to do our part in educating ourselves. Because the choices we make, big and small, will have a lasting impact on the future. If we have only one thing in common, it is this. With gnomi, we share both sides of every story, and we believe through doing so we are creating a culture that encourages more discussion and less division.

Earth Day provides us all with an opportunity to stand together and reflect on how we treat the world we inhabit. Over 200 million people across the globe participate in Earth Day activities in an effort of bringing global sustainability center-stage. Since the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970 there have been a number of laws and regulations passed (you can get the full list from EPA.gov) that work to ensure the health of our environment.

Here we will highlight just a few…

Clean Air Act 

The Clean Air Act was first enacted by the 88th United States Congress in 1963 and has since seen several amendments. Its primary purpose is to control air pollution on a national level. The CAA was one of the pioneering modern environmental policies.

Endangered Species Act of 1973 

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) was signed by President Nixon and enacted by the 93rd United States Congress. It is designed to protect endangered species from extinction through a number of mandates and regulations.

Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 

The TSCA was enacted by the 94th United States Congress and is administered by the Environmental Protection Agency. It is focused on the assessment and regulation of new commercial chemicals before they enter market as well as regulating and monitoring chemicals put into use prior to 1976 (mercury, radon, lead, etc.).

Clean Water Act of 1972

Enacted by the 92nd United States Congress, the Clean Water Act is the primary law in the U.S. that monitors water pollution. Its objective is to restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the United States’ waterways.

Oil Pollution Act of 1990 

The Oil Pollution Act was passed by the 101st United States Congress. It works to avoid oil spills from vessels and facilities by enforcing removal of spilled oil and putting liability for the cost of cleanup and damage on businesses.

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