Earth Day began 49 years ago as an idea for a national teach-in on the environment and gained immediate traction on college campuses across the country. Today, we need stronger collaborations among Texas higher education institutions, the private sector and local governments.
Simply put, the Texas environmental movement is strong on college campuses, but we can do better.
There was an urgency in 1970, driven by the political and social issues of the time. But it also had a focus on the big environmental issues that spanned politics and was grounded in a moral responsibility to safeguard the quality of life of future generations – or at least, not to undermine future generations.
But now the urgency is greater. It can be seen and felt